Severe Weather Awareness Week also begins today

Severe Weather Awareness Week also begins today

In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week for March 27 - 31, the tornado drill is an effort to promote public awareness in a statewide, voluntary tornado drill, according to Storm Like Police Chief Mike Jones. A smaller tornado killed an Appomattox County man, and there was similar activity on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

During the drill, OH counties and towns will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens.

"There are other states like those in Tornado Alley that see more outbreaks of tornadoes every year, but here in Virginia we're not immune to tornado threats". "But an actual tornado warning isn't the time to figure out how to keep your loved ones and friends safe".

This year's drill will start at 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. "In an average year, Virginia receives about 16 tornadoes each year, and actually a year ago in February, on February 24th of 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event ever since 1959". A basement is the best shelter during a tornado.

A test of the state's Emergency Alert System is slated for Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security reports.

Show your support by registering for the tornado drill.

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