Northwest Arkansas braces for potentially severe weather

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – With several days of severe weather in the forecast, emergency officials and responders say you and your family should make a plan now in case the worst happens to your neighborhood.

“It doesn’t take much for a tornado to happen, which we learned last week,” said Michael Waddle, director of emergency management for Benton County.

Waddle and the head of Central EMS say the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

“Anything you can do to get multiple alerts is best; that way there is very little chance of anything happening,” Waddle says.

“You could have a weather radio with batteries, your cell phone charger, but don’t depend on your cell phone and social media,” says Becky Stewart of Central EMS.

In the event of a tornado, you should think about the safest place in your home to wait out the storm.

“Down as low as you can in your house; get under something sturdy if you can. A stairwell if you have one or sturdy furniture. Go to the most central section of your home, away from walls and windows,” says Waddle.

To stay up to date on weather alerts, you download our NWA weather authority app.

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