Updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 3:03 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 2:42 AM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state Department of Emergency Management says more than 1 million Virginians participated in a statewide tornado drill.
The drill was held at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. It was a joint effort between the state emergency officials and the National Weather Service.
At that time, NOAA Weather Radio broadcasted a test warning from the National Weather Service. The test warning also aired on television and radio stations.
When the test warning was heard, participants were told to move to a safe area, such as a basement, bathroom or closet on the lowest level of a building.
Over the last two years, 62 tornadoes have hit Virginia. Ten people were killed, more than 100 were injured and dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed.
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