Video: Are You Ready for Tuesday’s Tornado Drill

Posted at 3:55 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11, is the statewide tornado drill, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

The tornado drill is an important statewide safety exercise in an effort to prepare for nature’s most violent storms. Virginia has been hit hard in the past by multiple tornadoes that have cost lives and left extensive damage. In fact Virginia has had 70 tornadoes since 2011, with more than $3 million in damage. 


When the drill starts at 9:45, immediately protect yourself by going to a designated shelter-in-place or to the center of an interior room on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.

Find more information on the Statewide Tornado Drill or additional drill resources at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) at Find more information on tornadoes from FEMA at

When it comes to tornadoes, there is no such thing as a “tornado season.” Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill — you need to be prepared to act quickly.


One response to “Video: Are You Ready for Tuesday’s Tornado Drill”

  1. JB-BACA-Fx-Va says :

    The drill almost certainly should have recommended sharing (in some public forum, like here) your participants’ follow-up questions & comments, such as:
    * The pantry was warm, we could probably safely hear the wx outside thru the chimney brick wall, & had the disaster kit, but poor lighting, & limited seating.
    * The restroom had water & enough places to sit, but also an outside wall & window, no privacy when needed during the drill(not to mention waiting out a storm), & we forgot to bring the optional disaster kit box with the reading materials & toys, so we reviewed the disaster kit instruction pad & schedule.
    * The basement was great except, since we are on a flood plain, if flooding occurs during the storm, we might be forced up, like rats on a sinking ship, into the weather.