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Statewide Tornado Drill
Start Date: 3/11/2014Start Time: 9:45 AM
End Date: 3/11/2014End Time: 9:55 AM

Event Description
On March 11th, at 9:45 am, NOVA will be participating in the Statewide Tornado Drill. This annual drill will give faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to practice going to a specified Severe Weather Shelter location.  

At 9:45 am, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radios which are located in campus offices. The message will also be picked up by TV and radio broadcasters, simulating what listeners will hear during an actual tornado warning. The Office of Emergency Management and Planning will also utilize flat panels, computer pop-ups, and telephone intercom systems (in offices and classrooms) to announce the start of the Tornado Drill for the College. When the test tornado warning is sounded, people should move as quickly as possible to pre-identified Severe Weather Shelter areas in their building. Once in the safe area, the protective actions that are recommended are to crouch down or sit on the floor face down and, cover your head with your hands.

The Statewide Tornado Drill will last for 10 minutes. At 9:55am, you may resume normal activities. Announcements will be made using the Alert Notification Systems mentioned above to announce the end of the drill, but not all severe weather shelters have the ability to receive the “all-clear” message. In all cases, please resume normal activities at 9:55am. Also please remember to follow the directions of Building and Floor Wardens.
Location Information:
Alexandria  (View Map)
5000 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311

Annandale  (View Map)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Loudoun  (View Map)
21200 Campus Drive
Sterling, VA 20164

Manassas  (View Map)
6901 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109

Medical  (View Map)
6699 Springfield Center Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Woodbridge  (View Map)
15200 Neabsco Mills Road
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Contact Information:
Phone: 703.764.5043

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