Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
916 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

*****VIRGINIA TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY - MARCH 17, 2015*****
*****VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL AT 945 AM MARCH 17, 2015*****

TODAY IS TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY IN VIRGINIA. AT 945 AM, THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONDUCT A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL.
ALL NWS OFFICES SERVING VIRGINIA WILL ISSUE DRILL TORNADO MESSAGES
AT THAT TIME. THE PURPOSE OF THIS DRILL IS TO PROVIDE SCHOOLS...
BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO
ACTIVATE AND TEST THEIR EMERGENCY PLANS FOR TORNADOES.


...VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL...

THE VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL WILL UTILIZE A TEST TORNADO WARNING...
JUST AS IN 2014. ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES WILL ISSUE
THIS TEST TORNADO WARNING UNDER THE STANDARD TORNADO WARNING PRODUCT
PIL (TORXXX...WHERE XXX DENOTES THE OFFICE 3 LETTER ID). NOAA
WEATHER RADIO WILL TRANSMIT THE TEST WARNING AS IT NORMALLY WOULD
FOR A REAL TORNADO EVENT. AND THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) WILL
ALSO BE ACTIVATED AS IF THE DRILL WERE AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING.
HOWEVER...THE PRODUCT TEXT WILL CLEARLY INDICATE THAT IT IS A
TEST...AND NOT AN ACTUAL TORNADO WARNING. THEREFORE...ANYONE
RECEIVING THE TORNADO DRILL VIA NOAA WEATHER RADIO...OR COMMERCIAL
RADIO AND TELEVISION...WILL BE ABLE TO KNOW THAT THE ACTIVATION IS
FOR TORNADO DRILL PURPOSES.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

CHRIS STRONG              OR     DAWN EISCHEN
NWS STERLING                     VA DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MGMT.
43858 WEATHER SERVICE RD.        10501 TRADE COURT
STERLING VA 20166                RICHMOND VA 23236-3713
(703) 996-2223                   (804) 897-9730
CHRISTOPHER.STRONG@NOAA.GOV      DAWN.EISCHEN@VDEM.VIRGINIA.GOV

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