BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA)– Northwest Arkansas is under a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Right now, the Benton County Department of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the weather, staying in constant communication with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
If a severe weather threat is identified, the team has three sirens within the county it can activate right from its central command or 911 center.
Once a siren is heard, the emergency management team advises you to immediately find shelter.
If you don’t have a tornado shelter in your home, Director Michael Waddle says to apply the acronym D.U.C.K.
Get down to the lowest point in your house, under something sturdy, in the center most portion of your house, and keep away from windows and exterior walls.
“If you hear a siren, or if you get a warning on your mobile device, or on your weather radio, take immediate action. A warning is not to be played with,” said Waddle.
Once a safe space is identified, Waddle says to create a preparedness kit.
This will include things like water, snacks, medicine and supplies for pets if they are with you inside the shelter.