The City of Richmond has a city-wide warning system for severe weather. Outdoor sirens will sound when a tornado has been reported within the area (sirens are only designed to be heard outdoors and occupants of buildings should NOT rely on them as their primary weather warning).
Severe weather includes severe thunderstorms, high winds, large hail or tornados. Severe weather watches and warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.
Severe weather watches and warning information may be received by monitoring weather alert radios, local television and radio broadcasts. Alerts can also be received by subscribing to one of several free weather alert applications for email and text message notifications (i.e. www.weather.com, www.nixle.com)
The safest shelter areas are small windowless interior rooms or interior corridors on the lowest available floor (preferably the basement). Stay away from windows, skylights and exterior doors.
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