Residents are Encouraged to Participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill

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Annual drill set for March 12 at 9:45 a.m.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY…. It’s tornado season, and Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed March 12 as Tornado Preparedness Day. Join Prince William County government in participating in the annual Tornado Preparedness Day Drill on March 12 at 9:45 a.m. to practice taking cover from tornadoes.

During the past two years, 62 tornadoes struck Virginia, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100. Everyone can be affected; therefore, it’s important that everyone participate in the tornado drill. Every home, business, organization, and school can hold a tornado drill. If you can’t participate at that time, then choose another time or date – the most important thing is to have a drill, so you will know what to do when a tornado approaches.

•             Go immediately to a safe area – usually the lowest level of your home, office or school.

•             Move to a windowless interior room, closet or hallway.

•             Take a “drop, cover and hold” position. This means crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering your head with your hands.

To start the drill on March 12, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio. The message will be picked up by TV and radio broadcasters, simulating what listeners will hear during an actual tornado warning.

For detailed instructions on the statewide drill or to register for the drill, visit



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