Loganville’s CodeRED Emergency Alert System got a real live test during last weekend’s storms and it performed “perfectly,” according to officials.
“We had our first launch at 1:44 a.m. Saturday,” said Loganville Fire Chief Danny Roberts. “We sent out three alerts, two tornado warnings in Walton and a flood warning in Gwinnett.”
Roberts said he received a report listing all the calls made, whether the call was answered or whether it went to voicemail.
CodeRED is an emergency alert system instituted by the city as an alternative to sirens.
“This is much better than sirens – this is money well spent,” said Mayor Ray Nunley.
The city agreed to spend the negotiated $5,000 per year for three years as well as an additional $1,250 for year one and $2,500 in subsequent years for the weather alert system. As well as the emergency alerts, the city can use the system to notify residents to things the city might need them to know. Notifications can be sent out via cell phone, text message, email or phone. There is also a hearing impaired tab available and if someone does not have access to the Internet, they can call the city for activation.
Roberts said at 8:30 a.m. March 15 a call will go out to all residents in the city notifying them that the system is now available to them.
“The number called will be the one we have on file for the utilities,” Roberts said.