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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:30 AM EST on March 01, 2017

Expires 1:00 AM EST on March 02, 2017


*****virginia tornado preparedness day - March 21, 2017*****
*****virginia tornado drill at 945 am March 21, 2017*****
*****north Carolina severe weather week March 5-11, 2017*****
*****north Carolina tornado drill 930 am March 8, 2017*****

Tuesday March 21, 2017 is tornado preparedness day in Virginia. At
945 am that day, the National Weather Service will conduct a
statewide tornado drill. All NWS offices serving Virginia will issue
drill tornado messages at that time. The purpose of this drill is to
provide schools, businesses and residents of the commonwealth with
the opportunity to activate and test their emergency plans for
tornadoes. Should severe weather threaten Virginia on March 21st,
the tornado drill will be postponed until 945 am Wednesday March
22nd.

In addition... Wednesday March 8th... North Carolina will also conduct
a statewide tornado drill at 930 am EST. Should severe weather
threaten North Carolina on March 8th... the tornado drill will be
postponed until 930 am Friday March 10th. The following procedures
will be used for the Virginia and North Carolina tornado drills.

... Virginia tornado drill...

The Virginia tornado drill will utilize a test Tornado Warning, just
as in 2016. All National weather services offices will issue this
test Tornado Warning under the Standard Tornado Warning product pil
(torxxx, where xxx denotes the office 3 letter id). NOAA Weather
Radio will transmit the test warning as it normally would for a real
tornado event, and the emergency alert system (eas) will also be
activated as if the drill were an actual Tornado Warning.
However, the product text will clearly indicate that it is a test,
and not an actual Tornado Warning. Therefore, anyone receiving the
tornado drill via NOAA Weather Radio, or commercial radio and
television, will be able to know that the activation is for tornado
drill purposes.

If severe weather is anticipated, or is occurring on Tuesday March
21st, the tornado drill will be postponed until Wednesday March 22nd
at 945 am.

... North Carolina tornado drill...

A drill tornado message, using the required monthly test (rmt)
product, will be issued by all NWS offices serving North Carolina on
March 8th. This notification will also be broadcast on NOAA Weather
Radio. The emergency alert system (eas) will also be activated,
using the required monthly test (rmt) event code. Media outlets
throughout North Carolina are asked to participate in this drill by
re-broadcasting the drill message. This will allow the drill to
receive maximum exposure and increase participation.

If severe weather is anticipated, or is occurring, in North Carolina
on Wednesday March 8th, the tornado drill will be postponed until
Friday March 10th at 930 am.

... Important... schools and businesses using NOAA Weather Radio to
participate in the 2017 North Carolina tornado drill should turn on
their NOAA Weather Radio receivers approximately 5 minutes prior to
the drill /925 am/, in order to insure the drill is properly
received.

Questions about the Virginia tornado drill can be directed to:

Bill sammler or Jeff Caldwell
NWS Wakefield VA dept. Of emergency mgmt.
10009 general Mahone Hwy. 10501 trade court
Wakefield VA 23888-2742 Richmond VA 23236-3713
(757) 899-5732 (804) 897-9730
William.Sammler@noaa.Gov Jeff.Caldwell@vdem.Virginia.Gov


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