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Office of Emergency Management

Are you ready for spring severe Weather?

As we transition from Winter to Spring, differences in temperature and pressure can cause dangerous weather such as thunderstorms, floods, strong winds, hail, sleet and tornadoes. Of the 800 or so tornadoes that occur yearly throughout the U.S., approximately 24 of those will occur in Virginia, based on recent trends. However, there are exceptional years such as in 2004, when Virginia experienced 84 tornadoes, and 2011, when Hurricane Ivan spawned 38 tornadoes that touched down in Virginia in a single day. Virginia was also one of several states that experienced the "the worst tornado oubreak in U.S. history" on April 3-4, 1974. Known as the 'Super Outbreak', 148 tornadoes formed in several states and killed 315 people.

Statewide tornado drill 

Because tornadoes are a very real threat in Virginia, we encourage County government agencies, private businesses, and citizens to participate in the 2018 Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 20th at 09:45am. You can register your business, agency or yourself on the Virginia Department website:

To ensure you and your family are prepared for severe weather, review the steps or watch the short video below:

Build a Kit that contains the items you need to survive on your own for up to 72 hours.

Make a Plan so that all family members know where to go and who to call if they can't make it home, and what to take with you if you're told to evacuate. 

Stay Informed by signing up for emergency alerts in our community, then learning more about the threats and hazards we face.

Get Involved in our community's preparedness efforts by talking with friends and checking in with neighbors, or learn more about how you can partner with organizations that help during an emergency.


Ready Prince William: Tornado Safety Video



 For more information about Spring weather hazards, visit the following pages:

Thunderstorms and Ligntning





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