‘Drop, cover and hold’ during tornado drill Tuesday

The annual statewide tornado drill is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Individuals, businesses and schools are encouraged to participate, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue officials said.

The National Weather Service starts the drill by sending a test tornado warning about 9:45 a.m. that will trigger tone alerts and messages on NOAA weather radios. Radio and TV stations will then be prompted to broadcast a test message.

During the drill, participants should go immediately to a safe area — a windowless interior room, closet or hallway in the lowest level of a home, office or school — and take a “drop, cover and hold” position, officials said.

For information, visit www.readyvirginia.gov.

County police to increase enforcing litter laws in April

Prince William County police will be enforcing litter laws and concentrating on illegal dumping and unsecured truckload laws throughout April.

The campaign to raise awareness of littering and related crimes is part of Litter Enforcement Month, a regional effort in support of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s “Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative.”

To report trucks with unsecured or uncovered loads, illegal dumping or other violations, call 703-792-6500.

NVCC student wins award for engineering paper

A student at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College won first place in the undergraduate category of the Competition for Outstanding Young Engineer and Architect Research Papers.

Syed Sarwar, a 2011 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, won for his paper, “Utilization of Landfill Biogas to Decrease Campus CO2 Emissions through Construction of CHHP System.”

The contest was sponsored by the D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane