According to the OEM, tornadoes are common in Virginia, so people need to know what to do if a warning is issued for their area.

At 10 a.m. a test tornado watch will be activated for all counties in Iowa and Nebraska on the weather radio system.

The exercise activities should not interfere with normal NASA Langley operations or access to the center.

Brochures and fact sheets about severe weather safety and family preparedness are available for download on the Ready Iowa site and NWS websites.

The drill is being conducted as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. This is separate from the National Weather Service, which sends alerts out over radio and television channels and some smart phones.

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Erickson said the goal of this week is encourage people to take steps to plan, prepare and practice for severe weather.

"Tuesday's more about preparedness and developing a plan", Angle says.

A basement or interior room is the best spot to be if a tornado hits.

A deadly tornado one month ago in Appomattox County is a reminder to all of us that tornadoes can happen any month of the year.