Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:45 a.m.

Today at 9:45 a.m. is the Statewide Tornado Drill.  

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.       


Know What To Do:     

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, 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).

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.