Benton County Recognizes National Preparedness Month | News
Bentonville, Ark—Whether it is a flood, tornado, or hazardous materials release, emergencies and disasters can affect Benton County residents at any time. Benton County Judge Robert D. Clinard signed a proclamation making September National Preparedness Month. “Recent events such as Hurricane Isaac, this year’s droughts, and the flooding we experienced a year ago remind us of the importance of being prepared”, Judge Clinard commented.
“Although September is National Preparedness Month, we want to encourage citizens to maintain a year-round state of readiness”, said Robert McGowen, director of the Benton County Emergency Management Agency. The agency has offered some tips for being prepared.
“There are three easy steps that people can take to be ready for virtually any type of emergency,” McGowen added. The first step is to have a plan for what to do in an emergency. Second, make a disaster kit with essential items such as water, medications, and other supplies. This kit needs to be able to sustain you for up to 72 hours. The third step is to be informed. There are several ways that you can be informed. These include NOAA Weather Radio, local broadcast media, and BC Alert, the county’s emergency notification system.
BC Alert allows government officials to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency to deliver important alerts, notifications, and updates via telephone, email, text, and cell phones. Benton County residents can sign up at www.bcalert.com.