• Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:14am

    Jefferson Lab to Test its Tornado Siren at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday During State-wide Tornado Drill

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 16, 2015 – The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will sound its tornado warning siren at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. This test is being conducted in conjunction with the statewide Tornado Response Drill being sponsored by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

    Depending on weather conditions at the time of the test, the siren may be heard by anyone within a 1.5-mile radius of the lab.

    The test will be carried out over a period that could last up to three minutes. The test will be of the wavering tone (also called high-low-high or 10-4-10).

    Jefferson Lab uses the siren to quickly alert members of the lab community who are outdoors to "take cover" in the event of tornadoes and tornado warnings in the immediate vicinity of the lab.

    Questions about Jefferson Lab's tornado siren may be directed to its Public Affairs office at jlabinfo@jlab.org.

    For more information about the statewide Tornado Drill and tornado preparedness and response information, visit: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes

    More information about VDEM and emergency preparedness is available at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/

    Jefferson Lab is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.