Bentonville Emergency Preparedness Fair readies families for disaster

Posted: September 24, 2017 at 1:03 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF William Crocker with Benton County’s Search and Rescue team explains rescue techniques Saturday at the Emergency Preparedness Fair in Bentonville. Aslee Bechdoldt (left) and Rodney Bechdoldt of Bentonville listen with their children Brooklyn, 6 and Lincoln, 2.

If disaster strikes, would your family be ready?

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Dustin Willmore demonstrates an emergency cook stove Saturday at the Emergency Essentials company booth during the ...

Tornado terms

Tornado Watch

• Tornadoes are possible. When there is a Watch, move close enough to a shelter or sturdy building to get there quickly in a few minutes if there is a Warning or if you see signs of a tornado approaching. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Tornado Warning

• A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.


Outdoors options

Options if you’re outdoors when a tornado strikes:

• Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.

• Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

In all situations:

• Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

• Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for protection in a sturdy building.

• Outdoor areas are not protected from flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.


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