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Wakarusa Kicks Off with a Bang Despite Storms and Rain

OZARKS, AR -- Festival organizers say keeping people safe is their number one concern and they've been keeping a close eye on the forecast, receiving hourly updates from a meteorologist who is specifically dedicated to the festival.
OZARK, AR -- Despite impending weather conditions over the next week, Wakarusa kicked off Wednesday with a bang.

Festival organizers say keeping people safe is their number one concern and they've been keeping a close eye on the forecast, receiving hourly updates from a meteorologist who is specifically dedicated to the festival.

If bad weather hits, Jonathan Keogh, the Wakarusa Security Director, says all they can really tell people to do is take cover in a hard shell shelter like a car.

"The number one things is get back to a hard shelter vehicle and shelter a place and ride it out," Keogh says. "There is no real way to get 20,000 people off this mountain in an hours time, so its basically get away from the stuff that blows around and get inside a hard top structure."

The festival works closely with local EMS and police as well as staffing over two hundred security and medical personnel on site.
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