Today, Tuesday, March 18 is Tornado Preparedness Day, co-sponsored by the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
As part of the awareness day, a statewide tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m. that will provide an opportunity to practice tornado safety plans and prepare schools and businesses to protect students, employees and others if a tornado warning is issued.
The test alert for the drill will be broadcast over NOAA weather radio and the Emergency Alert System. Governor Timothy M. Kaine has also proclaimed today as "Tornado Preparedness Day" in Virginia.
If storms or tornadoes are in your area, stay informed by listening to radio television or a NOAA Weather Radio for the latest tornado watches (which means that tornadoes are possible and you should stay tuned to the radio or television news) and warnings (which means that a tornado has been sighted and you should take shelter immediately).
For more information about tornado preparedness, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency or call the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.
Additional information is available on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Web site at www.vaemergency.com.