CANCELLED: March 17 Tornado Drill to Test College’s Emergency Alert Processes | Thomas Nelson Community College

CANCELLED: March 17 Tornado Drill to Test College’s Emergency Alert Processes

Important Message

Thomas Nelson campus offices in Hampton and Williamsburg remain closed to the public through June 12, reopening June 15. Classes have resumed through virtual, or alternative delivery, and the College has moved to a telework environment. Student services are available online. Registration is now open online for summer and fall classes. Visit for more information.

04/01/2020 - 4:43pm
February 27, 2020

March 15, 2020 - This event has been cancelled due to the College's response to COVAID-19

Thomas Nelson Community College will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. 

During the approximately 10-minute drill, all components of the College's emergency notification process will be activated including e-mail and telephone alerts; College homepage alerts; and Omnilert, which sends text messages to cell phones. Get Omnilert today by registering here

Also during the drill, those on and near campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg will hear tones and alerts from the College's outdoor messaging towers or "big voice," as termed by Thomas Nelson Police.    

Anyone on campus who wishes to participate in the drill should go to the nearest designated “Storm Shelter Safe Area” and remain until receiving notification that the drill has ended. Yellow stickers above doorways indicate these areas throughout campus. Although optional, participation is encouraged.

More information about tornado preparedness is available from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at

Please direct questions about the College’s participation in the March 17 tornado drill to Thomas Nelson Police at (757) 825-2732.