Thomas Nelson Community College will test its emergency notification procedures on Tuesday, March 21 during a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the National Weather Service sponsor the drill to help people prepare for tornado season.
Thomas Nelson Police Chief Kelvin Maxwell said the College will test all components of its emergency notification process during the drill. Those on and near the College’s campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg can expect to hear alarms sounding from the mass notifications towers.
Other notifications will include campus-wide e-mail, internet homepage alerts and e2Campus. Used by roughly 650 campuses nationwide, e2Campus is a web-based unified emergency notification system that enables the transmission of instant alerts to cell phones, land lines and/or several other communications devices.
Maxwell said VDEM advises that becoming familiar with tornado basics is critical to surviving such conditions. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado and that tornadoes are possible. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar as headed to a particular site. For details and safety tips, visit the VDEM website at www.vaemergency.com.