The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is hosting a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. for all government facilities and public schools in the state, according to a news release.
As winter gives way to spring and jet streams of warmer weather, tornadic weather is always a threat -- especially in Virginia.
State and local emergency officials are encouraging Virginia businesses and families to understand what will take place during the drill, and that they know the safest places to be during a tornado event, the news release said.
When a tornado has been spotted in the area, the safest place is a building’s basement away from windows. If there is no basement, go to a windowless interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hall on the lowest level of the building.
Officials also encourage residents to know the difference between a tornado warning and tornado watch.
A tornado watch means weather conditions could spawn a tornado in the area, and residents should monitor weather-alert information, emergency officials said. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted on the ground by emergency officials in the area, or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar, and residents should seek cover immediately.
For more information, or to register for the statewide tornado drill, click here.