Statewide Tornado Drill - Tuesday, March 19

March 18, 2019

Statewide Tornado Drill

The Statewide Tornado Drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems.

The Virginia State Emergency Communications Committee and the National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill and Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. or on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. as the backup date if severe weather impacts the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 19.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios. 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. Because this is a test tornado warning, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will NOT be activated. A test tornado cancellation Special Weather Statement (SPS) will be sent around 10 AM on the 19th to end the drill.

We sincerely appreciate your help promoting this important drill, and encouraging Virginians to register to participate at: https://www.vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill/

The City of Martinsville sirens will be active for approximately 3 minutes during this drill.