Showing posts from January, 2013

City of Richmond Encourages Area to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will conduct their annual tornado drill, set for 9:45 a.m. The City of Richmond encourages businesses, organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals to practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this safety exercise.

To start the drill, a test tornado warning will be sent by the NWS to NOAA Weather Radios. These radios will sound a tone alert and message, or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people will hear or see during an actual tornado warning. The test message then will be broadcast by many local radio and TV stations.

Registration is not required, but residents are encouraged to sign up to show their support. Learn more about tornado safety, how to hold a drill, and to register, please click here.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program Temporarily Suspended in Preparation for Potential Snow Removal

The City’s Department of Public Works is temporarily suspending vacuum leaf collection service due to weather advisories indicating there is the potential the City may experience an accumulation of snow Thursday evening. The same equipment used for leaf collection is also used in the City’s snow removal efforts. City crews are in the process of equipping leaf collection vehicles with spreaders and snow plows in preparation of any inclement weather.  
The City will update residents and media when vacuum leaf collection resumes.  
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