County's new alert system put to the test

With warnings of tornados, thunderstorms and flooding, Benton County's new emergency alert system has been hard at work

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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The Benton County Alert System sends text messages and e-mail messages like the one above to warn residents in the event of an emergency.

The Benton County Alert System sends text messages and e-mail messages like the one above to warn residents in the event of an emergency.
Photo by Randy Moll

The Benton County Alert System has had a real workout during the past week with tornado, severe thunderstorm and hail warnings affecting various parts of the county.

The Alert System has been in place several months and all land-line phone customers are automatically notified when such weather warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.

Eastern Benton County residents received a “severe thunderstorm warning” on Thursday evening through the system.

On Friday evening, Gentry, Decatur and Siloam Springs were all alerted of a possible tornado, andthe warning was also sent to residents in the adjacent Gravette area.

On Sunday, flood warnings began to be issued through the system.

Nathan Garrity, one of the CenCom officials involved with the system, explained ...


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