March 5, 2008 — Tornado Preparedness Day is Tuesday, March 18. The program begins with the annual statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. During this time, schools, businesses and families have the opportunity to practice their tornado safety plan as if a tornado warning had been issued in their area. All state agencies throughout the commonwealth are encouraged to participate. Last year, more than 80 state agencies took part in the drill.
Detailed steps about conducting a tornado drill are available at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's Web site at www.vaemergency.com/threats/tornado/index.cfm. The site includes an online registration form for your agency's drill.