Tornado drill set for Tuesday

Published 1:30 pm Monday, March 18, 2019

The Virginia annual statewide tornado drill is set for Tuesday morning. Agencies around the Heart of Virginia, such as fire departments, will activate sirens and test its email and text alert system.

“At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) NOAA Weather Radios,” a release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management cited. “This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System.”