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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of March 12, 2012.
This week we feature another mystery sound. Have a listen for about 10 seconds, and see if you can guess what this sound might mean on a warm, stormy day or night.
If you guessed a tornado warning, you’re right! That was the Virginia Tech warning siren during Virginia’s 2011 statewide tornado drill, part of Tornado Preparedness Day, which takes place this year on March 20. The drill allows schools, agencies, businesses, and families to practice tornado-emergency plans. Whether by siren, broadcast, or some other way, if you receive a tornado warning for your locality, here’s what the Virginia Department of Emergency Management recommends you do. Take shelter in the nearest substantial building, specifically in the basement or on the lowest floor in a small, windowless, interior room. Be ready to protect your body from flying debris with a mattress, pillows, or other material. DON’T stay in a car or a mobile home; instead, quickly seek a substantial building. If you’re outdoors and a tornado approaches, DON’T stay under a bridge or overpass; instead, lie flat in a ditch or other depression and cover your head with your hands. DO monitor conditions on a weather radio, TV, computer, or other information source, and stay in your safe location until the danger has passed. Virginia has seen tornadoes in every county and in every month of the year, so please get tornado ready!
For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at virginiawaterradio.org, or call us at (540) 231-5463. From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.
CORRECTION TO AUDIO: The Tornado History Project Web site, at http://www.tornadohistoryproject.com/tornado/Virginia/map (as of 3/13/12), shows the locations of tornadoes in Virginia between 1951 and 2010. (The Tornado History Project Web site states that their maps are based on data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.) From their map, there appear to be perhaps eight to ten Virginia counties where NO tornadoes have been reported, at least not between 1951 and 2010. Virginia Water Radio regrets stating that tornadoes have been seen in every Virginia county. “All parts of the state” would be more accurate.
Sources: Information on tornadoes, tornado preparedness, and the 2012 statewide tornado drill was taken from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) Web page for tornadoes at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes, 3/12/12; and 2/23/12 communication to state employees from Marla Decker, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety. Information on preparing for natural disasters and other potential emergencies is available at VDEM’s “Ready Virginia” Web page at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia; that page includes a link to find the emergency manager for one’s particular locality. Contact VDEM at (804) 897-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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