Virginia Tech to test Emergency Notification System March 17

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 16, 2009 – Virginia Tech will test its Emergency Notification System on Tuesday, March 17 at 9:45 a.m. This time was selected in order to participate in the statewide tornado drill scheduled for the same time. Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia is March 17.

At this time, the university will test its outdoor sirens and all components of the Emergency Notification System, which includes electronic message boards in classrooms, VT Alerts, campus-wide e-mail, and homepage alerts.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) suggests that all residents become familiar with Tornado Basics.

Visit the VDEM website for more information.

Responding to Tornadoes

Know What To Do
Stay tuned to your local radio or TV for weather reports, or listen to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio for more detailed information when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes.

When a tornado watch is issued:

When a tornado warning is issued:

If a Tornado is Headed Your Way

Shelter immediately in the nearest substantial building. Go to the building's basement. If there is no basement, move to a small, windowless interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior hall on the lowest level of the building. Be sure to use the stairs to reach the lowest level, not an elevator. Protect your body from flying debris with a heavy blanket or pillows.

Take precautions if you can not get to a substantial buildings. If you are in: