Don’t Forget to Participate in the Tornado Drill at 9:45 a.m.

Posted at 8:35 a.m.

The Statewide Tornado Drill is this morning at 9:45 a.m. Our emergency management office will send a Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) message announcing the drill so you won’t forget to participate. If you are not registered for CEAN alerts, take this opportunity to do so.

What You Should Do During the Drill?

  • You should act as though a tornado warning has been issued for the immediate area or a tornado has been sighted near your home or office building.  Move as quickly as possible to the nearest shelter or other safe place.  Use stairs to reach the lowest level of a building; avoid using elevators.
  • Make sure that any visitors to your office know that this is a drill, not a real event.  Assist any visitors to shelter.
  • In a real tornado emergency, once you reach a safe area, crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and cover your heads with their hands.  Ensure that everyone in your organization knows this.  You can practice crouching down.

Tornadoes can happen anytime, anywhere with little or no warning. Knowing what to do when seconds count can save lives. How will you respond to a tornado warning?       

Know the Terms:

  • Tornado Watch – Conditions are favorable for a tornado and that tornadoes are possible. 
  • Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar and might be headed your when. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately

Do You Know What to Do if a Tornado Approaches?    

If a tornado is headed your way:

  • Shelter immediately in the nearest substantial building. Go to the building’s basement.
  • If there is no basement in your home or office, move to a small, windowless, interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hall on the lowest level of the building. 
  • If you are in a high rise building go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • When shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area (do not get under an overpass or bridge).

For more information or assistance with emergency planning, contact our emergency management office at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.

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One response to “Don’t Forget to Participate in the Tornado Drill at 9:45 a.m.”

  1. Randy Allen says :

    Received the email about this at 0850 (or so) this morning. However, no CEAN alerts were received and no notification on the Fairfax Alerts App. Was the drill canceled?

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