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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
120 PM EDT Mon Mar 20 2017

*****VIRGINIA TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY - MARCH 21, 2017*****
*****VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL AT 945 AM MARCH 21, 2017*****

Tuesday March 21, 2017 is Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia. At
945 am that day, 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. Should severe weather threaten Virginia on March 21st,
the tornado drill will be postponed until 945 am Wednesday March
22nd.

...Virginia Tornado Drill...

The Virginia tornado drill will utilize a test tornado warning, just
as in 2016. All National Weather Services 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.

If severe weather is anticipated, or is occurring on Tuesday March
21st, the tornado drill will be postponed until Wednesday March 22nd
at 945 am.

Questions about the Virginia Tornado Drill can be directed to:

Christopher Strong        OR     Jeff Caldwell
NWS Baltimore/Washington         VA Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.
43858 Weather Service Road       10501 Trade Court
Sterling VA 20166                Richmond VA 23236-3713
(703) 996-2200                   (804) 897-9730
christopher.strong@noaa.gov      jeff.caldwell@vdem.virginia.gov

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