Tornado Drill Planned for March 16

Posted: March 11, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared that Tuesday, March 16, is Tornado Preparedness Day. A statewide tornado drill is planned.

Mason’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office asks that all Mason faculty and staff members participate in the drill.

On Tuesday morning, EHS will send out a Mason Alert test message. (To register for Mason Alerts, see the web site.) As part of this test, EHS will initiate the Virginia statewide tornado drill and ask those who have weather radios to begin monitoring them at 9:40 a.m. For those who do not have a weather radio, go online and listen in using this link.

At 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send out a test tornado warning on the NOAA weather radios. This will prompt radio and television stations to broadcast a test message. Some of the newest NOAA weather radios will not automatically turn on when receiving a test signal, so participants should turn on their radios approximately five minutes before the start of the drill.

To participate in this tornado drill, review the Tornado and Severe Weather Preparation Guide provided by EHS online at Click on the “Guides” tab and select “Emergency Preparedness.”

Use the Tornado and Severe Weather Preparation Guide to identify appropriate places to serve as shelter for your work area. When the weather radio alerts, assemble unit staff members in the shelter area(s) and review the tornado and severe weather procedures with all. The drill should take about 10 minutes.

For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management web site. For questions, e-mail alert@gmu .edu.

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