Tornado Exercise: Fairfax Prepares Day 9

Posted 4:58 p.m.

day 9 iconYesterday, our community was battered by some very strong storms. We even had a tornado warning; while first reports indicated there were some tornado touchdowns, the National Weather Service later concluded all damage was from straight line winds.

But, it’s important to remember that tornadoes can impact our community. And while it’s not prime tornado season right now — usually early spring — it’s important to know what to do in the event a tornado approaches our area and what to do after one may hit us.

In March, Fairfax County Government held a three-day emergency exercise around a major fake tornado scenario. The fake tornadoes struck around 8 a.m. on March 19 in the western part of county near Centreville, Chantilly and Fair Lakes. There were many major impacts.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: This week, review our series of blog posts from the tornado exercise and ask yourselves the various questions we posed. How would you answer? Are you prepared for a tornado or other incident that could impact us in similar ways?

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at that you accomplished an ask.


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

4 responses to “Tornado Exercise: Fairfax Prepares Day 9”

  1. Randy Allen says :

    I’ve done this