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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
841 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

*****VIRGINIA TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY - MARCH 20, 2018*****
*****VIRGINIA TORNADO DRILL AT 945 AM TODAY*****

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.

The Virginia tornado drill will utilize a test tornado warning, just
as in 2017. We will issue this test tornado warning under the
standard tornado warning product PIL (TORLWX). 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     Jeff Caldwell
NWS Baltimore/Washington         VA Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.
43858 Weather Service Rd.        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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