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Old 12-14-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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I have researched and noticed a lot hit Cobb (F4's, etc).
Does Gwinnett County get a lot? Are there siren systems in Gwinnett?
I'm terrified of Tornadoes!
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: East side - Metro ATL
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I have researched and noticed a lot hit Cobb (F4's, etc).
Does Gwinnett County get a lot? Are there siren systems in Gwinnett?
I'm terrified of Tornadoes!
Gwinnett does not have as many tornadoes as Cobb County. Cobb is in a mini-tornado alley; therefore, that area sees the most tornado activity in metro Atlanta. You have nothing to be worried about in Gwinnett.
I do not think Gwinnett has tornado sirens yet, but I believe that they are in the process of adding them (http://www.gwinnettforum.com/issue/07.0810.htm).

"Gwinnett seeks $447,787 grant for siren warning system
Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters got approval from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday to apply for a $447,787 grant to help fund a system of warning sirens.

Waters says: "This would be the first phase of a plan to eventually cover all 447 square miles of the county. We plan to locate 11 sirens along the 20-mile path of the 1998 tornado that affected Peachtree Corners, Technology Park, Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Cardinal Lake, Sugarloaf, Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Collins Hill." That tornado damaged 2,400 buildings at a cost of more than $125 million.

The sirens would be capable of giving both tone and voice warnings in various languages. "We have become a heavily populated county yet we've had to rely on news media broadcasts and weather radios to warn residents of impending natural disasters, and redundancy of information is critical," Board Chairman Charles Bannister said. "I applaud Chief Walters and Homeland Security Director Major Alan Doss for planning and developing this much-needed supplemental warning system."

The sirens would be located on county property at the following proposed locations: Holcomb Bridge Park, Pinckneyville Park, Shorty Howell Park, McDaniel Farm Park, Fire Stations 4, 19, 7, and 21, Peachtree Ridge High School, Collins Hill High School and Gwinnett Center. These locations are tentative and ultimately will be determined through topographic and other studies.

The Board agreed to provide a 25 percent match of almost $112,000 if the proposed grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is approved next year."
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Anecdotally, it seems like all of the worst storms hit the west side of the state, towards the Alabama state line. However, we did have a small tornado touch down in Suwanee during the past year; minimal damage.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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Gwinnett does not have as many tornadoes as Cobb County. Cobb is in a mini-tornado alley; therefore, that area sees the most tornado activity in metro Atlanta. You have nothing to be worried about in Gwinnett.
I do not think Gwinnett has tornado sirens yet, but I believe that they are in the process of adding them (Gwinnett Forum.com -- Gwinnett County's community forum and idea exchange).

"Gwinnett seeks $447,787 grant for siren warning system
Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters got approval from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday to apply for a $447,787 grant to help fund a system of warning sirens.

Waters says: "This would be the first phase of a plan to eventually cover all 447 square miles of the county. We plan to locate 11 sirens along the 20-mile path of the 1998 tornado that affected Peachtree Corners, Technology Park, Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Cardinal Lake, Sugarloaf, Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Collins Hill." That tornado damaged 2,400 buildings at a cost of more than $125 million.

The sirens would be capable of giving both tone and voice warnings in various languages. "We have become a heavily populated county yet we've had to rely on news media broadcasts and weather radios to warn residents of impending natural disasters, and redundancy of information is critical," Board Chairman Charles Bannister said. "I applaud Chief Walters and Homeland Security Director Major Alan Doss for planning and developing this much-needed supplemental warning system."

The sirens would be located on county property at the following proposed locations: Holcomb Bridge Park, Pinckneyville Park, Shorty Howell Park, McDaniel Farm Park, Fire Stations 4, 19, 7, and 21, Peachtree Ridge High School, Collins Hill High School and Gwinnett Center. These locations are tentative and ultimately will be determined through topographic and other studies.

The Board agreed to provide a 25 percent match of almost $112,000 if the proposed grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is approved next year."

Yes, Georgia's "Tornado Alley" stretches from the southwest to the northeast through Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton, Forsyth, and Hall Counties. There's also a mini-tornado alley in the southwestern part of the state in the Mitchell-Baker Counties area.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I have researched and noticed a lot hit Cobb (F4's, etc).
Does Gwinnett County get a lot? Are there siren systems in Gwinnett?
I'm terrified of Tornadoes!
According to the Tornado History Project, there have been 27 tornados in Cobb County (or partially in Cobb County) since 1950, and one (1992-11-22) was an F4 tornado.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

There have only been 10 tornados in Gwinnette since 1950, none of them larger than F2.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you for this excellent info
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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Gwinnett does not have as many tornadoes as Cobb County. Cobb is in a mini-tornado alley; therefore, that area sees the most tornado activity in metro Atlanta. You have nothing to be worried about in Gwinnett.
I do not think Gwinnett has tornado sirens yet, but I believe that they are in the process of adding them (Gwinnett Forum.com -- Gwinnett County's community forum and idea exchange).

"Gwinnett seeks $447,787 grant for siren warning system
Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters got approval from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday to apply for a $447,787 grant to help fund a system of warning sirens.

Waters says: "This would be the first phase of a plan to eventually cover all 447 square miles of the county. We plan to locate 11 sirens along the 20-mile path of the 1998 tornado that affected Peachtree Corners, Technology Park, Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Cardinal Lake, Sugarloaf, Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Collins Hill." That tornado damaged 2,400 buildings at a cost of more than $125 million.

The sirens would be capable of giving both tone and voice warnings in various languages. "We have become a heavily populated county yet we've had to rely on news media broadcasts and weather radios to warn residents of impending natural disasters, and redundancy of information is critical," Board Chairman Charles Bannister said. "I applaud Chief Walters and Homeland Security Director Major Alan Doss for planning and developing this much-needed supplemental warning system."

The sirens would be located on county property at the following proposed locations: Holcomb Bridge Park, Pinckneyville Park, Shorty Howell Park, McDaniel Farm Park, Fire Stations 4, 19, 7, and 21, Peachtree Ridge High School, Collins Hill High School and Gwinnett Center. These locations are tentative and ultimately will be determined through topographic and other studies.

The Board agreed to provide a 25 percent match of almost $112,000 if the proposed grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) is approved next year."
How does it cost almost $500k for 11 sirens?

Only government could manage to waste this much money. There are only about 200k households in Gwinnett, they could buy a dollar store radio for every home and save more than half of this money.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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According to the Tornado History Project, there have been 27 tornados in Cobb County (or partially in Cobb County) since 1950, and one (1992-11-22) was an F4 tornado.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

There have only been 10 tornados in Gwinnette since 1950, none of them larger than F2.

TornadoHistoryProject.com - Tornado Maps and Database

I remember that one on 11-22-1992...it ravaged the Chestnut Hill neighborhood off of Bells Ferry Road.

We were a few miles away (northern Johnson Ferry area)...there was this big gush of wind and intensity...

...soon after, news broke of a tornado in northern Cobb County.
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