Parks review emergency protocols following deadly twister

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by Kaila DeRienzo, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 6:35 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH. -- Friends and family are mourning the loss of a couple- and rallying around a 13-year-old boy who is still fighting for his life. All after a fast-moving twister plowed across an unprotected campsite.

It raises the question: What should you do and what can you do when you're out in the open during a severe weather emergency?

It turns out all state parks are required to have emergency plans in place when it comes to natural disasters. 

Although park officials do their best to monitor weather 24/7, freak storms like Thursday's tornado at Cherrystone Campground do happen.

"You need to be aware of what day's events potentially could happen," said Cameron Swain, Assistant Park Manager at False Cape State Park. 

She says grounds officials monitor weather radar around-the-clock and guests are made aware, upon arrival, of the designated "safe place" the park. 

 

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