Benton County Emphasizes Correct Use of Emergency Sirens

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA)–During severe weather, communication can mean the difference between life and death.
The Benton County Department of Emergency Management said you might not be able to hear an emergency siren inside, but that’s not because there’s a lack of them within the county.
But, the emergency management team emphasizes that the sirens aren’t meant to be heard indoors.
The structures are in place to alert people outside when things like severe weather are happening so they know to take shelter or find low ground.
Director of Emergency Management in Benton County, Michael Waddle, said if you hear the warning sound, you need to take action immediately.
He said, “When you hear an outdoor warning siren, outside of its normal testing window, it means that storm is on you and very near.”
Waddle said it’s important to have multiple means to stay informed, so download our NWA Weather Authority app. You can find that in the app store, or on Google Play.

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