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Severe Weather Awareness Week For Virginia

 March 15th - 19th, 2021 

 

Please join us in promoting severe weather safety during this year's "Severe Weather Awareness Week". The National Weather Service asks emergency management, public safety officials, local media and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors to help join forces in improving the nation's readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against severe weather during the upcoming season. 

NWS Wakefield Virtual Upcoming Skywarn March 16 & 18  VA DCR Hosted Twitter Flood Awareness Chat March 16

March 17th, 730 pm - LIVE question and answer with NWS experts

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Each day this week, a different topic will be covered. Click on the tabs below for more severe weather preparedness information.

We Added Frequently Ask Questions Page Found Here

MONDAY

 

WATCH vs. Warning

 

WHAT's A WATCH??

WAYS TO GET WARNINGS

 

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER OR EMERGENCIES?

WHAT ARE WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS (WEA)?

Tornado Safety

 

TORNADO DRILL PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Statewide Tornado Drill Information

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill for 2021 will take place on Tuesday, March 16, at 9:45 AM EDT. 

 

Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill.

Here are some key points to remember about the drill:
  • The drill will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System via the Required Monthly Test (RMT).  There WILL NOT be an actual Tornado Warning issued.
  • Most NOAA Weather Radio receivers (including the Midland WR-100 that many schools have) DO NOT sound an audible alert for the RMT product, but instead, may have a blinking light on the display to indicate that an RMT was received.  As such, when the RMT for the statewide tornado drill is initiated at 9:45 AM on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, there's a good chance that your NOAA Weather Radio will not automatically sound an alarm. 
  • Since your NOAA Weather Radio may not sound an alarm at the time the RMT is issued, you will want to do one of the following: turn your radio on to listen to the broadcast by 9:40 am and when you hear the alert, simply start your tornado drill at 9:45 AM. If you do not have a NOAA Weather Radio simply start your drill and enact your safety plan at 9:45 AM.
  • There will be no followup statements issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill.   It will simply be over when your group, school, business, organization, or family feel that you have adequately practiced your tornado shelter procedures.
  • If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 16, 2021, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed.  The alternate date for the drill is Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:45 AM EST.

 

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Eric Seymour Eric.Seymour@noaa.gov for additional information about Severe Weather Preparedness.