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UVa-Wise to participate in Tornado Preparedness Day on March 12

Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed March 12 as Tornado Preparedness Day.

UVa-Wise will participate in the statewide drill. While students and faculty will be on spring break, we encourage everyone to take a moment this week to visit the college website for information on what to do during a tornado. The link is

At 9:45 a.m. on the day of the drill, NOAA Weather Radio will broadcast a test warning from the National Weather Service. The test warning will then be aired by television and radio stations.

When the test warning is heard, the governor’s office is asking people to move to a safe area, such as a basement, bathroom or closet on the lowest level of a building.

Last year, 11 tornadoes struck Virginia, injuring six people and causing $3 million in property damage.

During the past two years, 62 tornadoes hit Virginia, killing 10 people and injuring more than 100. More than 210 homes were destroyed, and more than 1,050 were damaged. Nearly every part of the state was affected, and many communities are still healing from the damage and loss. Tornadoes are common in Virginia, and that is why it is critical for state employees and their families to know what to do and where to go in case of a tornado warning.

During the drill, people should go immediately to the lowest level of their building and move to a windowless interior room, hallway, or closet space, taking a "drop, cover, and hold" position. This means crouching as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and covering heads with hands.

All state agencies are encouraged to participate and practice their tornado emergency plans as if a tornado warning had been issued.