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James City County government offices to participate in tornado drill

Date: March 4, 2005
Contact: Ruth Richey, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 253-6864


James City County government offices will participate in a statewide tornado drill on March 15.


Gov. Mark Warner has proclaimed March 15 as Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia. The tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m. If severe weather threatens the state on March 15, the tornado drill will be postponed until 9:45 a.m. on March 16.


All National Weather Service offices serving Virginia will issue a tornado drill warning. The tone-alert warning will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio to start the statewide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This test will be broadcast on television, radio stations and cable systems.


When NOAA Weather Radio and the EAS are activated for the tornado drill, County employees may be advised that the drill is in progress and that for an actual emergency, cover would be taken in a designated protection area of the building.

The best shelter from a tornado is a basement. If a basement is not available, go to an interior room without windows on the lowest level of the structure (a closet, bathroom or interior hall is ideal).


For more information on tornado preparedness, go to or The County's emergency hotline phone number is 875-2424. If the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated, a citizen inquiry line may be called at 566-4315.



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