JLab to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 20

All Virginians need to practice taking cover from tornadoes; and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is providing that opportunity for everyone during a Statewide Tornado Drill, set for Tuesday, March 20, at 9:45 a.m. Jefferson Lab plans to participate in the tornado drill, according to Tina Menefee, JLab's emergency manager.

To start the March 20 drill, the National Weather Service will send out a Tornado Warning drill message at about 9:45 a.m. that will trigger a tone alert and message on the NOAA Weather Radio system. This will prompt local radio and TV stations to broadcast the drill message.

In response to the drill announcement, VDEM recommends taking the following actions:

  • Go immediately to a "take cover" area – usually the lowest level of your home, office or school.
  • Move to a windowless interior room, closet or hallway.
  • Take a "drop, cover and hold" position. This means crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering your head with your hands.
  • For more information visit: www.ReadyVirginia.gov

Plan Now to Take Cover during the Tornado Drill
Members of the Jefferson Lab community who aren't involved in critical activities are asked to participate in the drill by taking cover in a designated "take cover" location as soon as they are notified. The message will be conveyed via Jefferson Lab email, page, voice and the lab's new Tornado Warning Siren. (To hear what the siren sounds like, go to the Tornado Response Procedure, Appendix T3, in the ES&H Manual and click on the tornado icon or the "emergency warning siren" links.)

"Put the drill on your calendar. If you don't know your nearest Severe Wind Take Cover Area, check the Emergency Plan posted on a hallway or exit-area wall near your work area," Menefee suggests. "Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility."

Menefee has conducted short surveys after training or severe weather events in the past and will do the same after the tornado drill. The survey link will be included in drill emails sent out that day.

For more information about Jefferson Lab's Tornado Response Procedure, visit Chapter 3510, Appendix T-3 in the ES&H Manual at: http://www.jlab.org/ehs/ehsmanual/3510T3.htm




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