City of Alexandria, VA
Since tornadoes usually occur with little warning, it is important to prepare for them before they happen. Do not wait for disaster to strike.
Note that a Tornado Watch means that the weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornado development. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has actually been sighted.
Communities will be better prepared if residents make plans in advance. Be sure to:
When a thunderstorm threatens, weather experts advise residents to pay close attention to weather forecasts and seek safe shelter. Having a battery radio and extra supply of batteries may prove helpful. Continuous news for Alexandria and the surrounding region can be found on WTOP radio (103.5 FM & 107.7 FM). To learn more about creating a family disaster plan, visit www.vaemergency.com and share information with your neighbors.
Here are some clues suggesting a tornado is possibly approaching:
Do not look for a tornado. Many tornadoes are not visible until it is too late. They may also be hidden by rain. The following Virginia Department of Emergency Management and National Weather Service tips could prove helpful:
Encouraging family members to discuss these tips will enable residents to maintain control in the event of an emergency.