West Virginia statewide tornado drill is Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking West Virginia families, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and government agencies to use a statewide tornado test alert to simulate the plan for a real tornado.

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says testing plans helps prepare everyone for severe weather when it does occur.

The alert begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports sirens will blare, weather alert radios will activate and test emergency broadcast messages will interrupt television and radio programming.

During a real tornado warning, families are advised to gather in their basements or in small interior rooms with no windows on the lowest level of their home until the warning is over. Motorists should avoid parking below overpasses or bridges and wait out the warning in a low, flat site.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.