Tornado ravaged county says warning system did not work

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Benton County officials say the county's emergency warning system made no telephone calls to residents to tell them a tornado was headed their way, as they had expected it to.

County emergency services manager Matt Garrity told the Benton County Daily Record on Saturday that he discovered the lack of telephone calls after the storms passed through Friday morning. He said that, when he called the company that provides the service, he was told a setting that blocks telephone calls had been switched on at the request of the county.

He said he told the company to change that setting immediately. He said the system did send out warnings by text message and e-mail.

Garrity said he and other officials would confer with the company Monday to determine what happened.

Information from: Benton County Daily Record, http://www.nwaonline.com

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