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Loganville's New Emergency Alert System Tested During Weekend Storms

Two tornado warnings and a flood warning went out on the city's new CodeRED Emergency Alert system during last weekend's severe weather conditions.

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.

Kristy Olds March 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Will you please post the link again so that people can sign up for it?
Sharon Swanepoel March 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Here you go Kristy. People can just click on this link and then access the Code Red link on the right hand side. http://www.loganville-ga.gov/
Terrence Johnson March 08, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Wow! The author of this article just seems to love this system! My experience has been different. I got a call but it was in pieces and garbled. I know it was from this system because it said "the following is a Code Red Weather Warning... and... syllable... broken speech... disconnect" in my view this warning was a failure so I did a simple search on the web and found they had a series of miserable failures during this exact storm. Check out this story and the comments at the bottom… seems our humble townsfolk are the lucky ones this time, what about next time when people are relying on this thing? http://www.hometowndailynews.com/9474/breaking_news_phone_alert_system_did_not_work_prior_to_tornado_in_branson.html
Sharon Swanepoel March 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Terrence, are you in the city of Loganville? Do you know of anyone else who didn't get a clear call?
Paul March 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I suspect terrence might work for a competitor of code red.

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