Get ready for tornado time!
Anyone who lived through 2008 knows tornados can whip through Virginia– and whip people into a frenzy in the process. Last year, 39 tornados hit the Commonwealth– including the mother of tornados that cut a devastating swath through Suffolk.
To keep yourself and your family safe, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management has planned a statewide tornado drill on March 17 at 9:45am, which will begin on NOAA weather radio and then be broadcast on radio and television stations. Last year, 340,000 people registered to participate.
If you don't want to wait that long to prepare, since tornados can officially strike at any time of year, the Emergency Management Department has provided instructions for a DIY tornado drill.
• Announce the start of the drill.
•Participants should act as though a tornado warning has been issued for the immediate area or a tornado has been sighted nearby. They should move as quickly as possible to a previously designated tornado safe area.
•Safe areas are basements, or interior rooms, bathrooms, closets or hallways on the lowest level of a building. Stay away from windows.
•Once in a safe area, people should crouch down or sit on the floor, facing down, and cover their head with their hands.
•After everyone is in the protective position, announce that the tornado has passed and the drill is over.