Did you know a storm was coming to Dunwoody? When did you know, and how did you gather this information? TV, radio, CodeRed, sirens from neighboring community, text message, Facebook, Twitter, phone app, phone call, home weather center, arthritis flare up, Al Gore, barometer?
The new text alerts and phone calls send information to you based on data you submit. For most Dunwoody residents that is 30338. It seems as a majority of our storms come from the north, aka ZIP Code 30350. A few Dunwoody residents live in the 30350, including the Dunwoody Talk HQ. Not much different here in the '50' except we have City of Atlanta water instead of DeKalb, and our mail is sorted at a different post office so we have to use Atlanta or Sandy Springs as our official mailing address. Using ZIP 30350 as your 'warning' ZIP you may receive warnings sooner for storms approaching from the north. But that was not the case on Thursday night.
Code Red sent a Tornado Warning to 30338 residents. Was it because a warning was issued within 5 miles of this ZIP code? According to an excellent local source, NOAA did not issue a tornado warning for 30338. That means if we had sirens they would NOT have sounded on Thursday. Was the non-issued NOAA tornado warning an error? Should there have been a warning issued for 30338? I'm not a meteorologist but looking at the tree damage around here it seems as perhaps we were as close to tornado as one can get.
If we had sirens, would they sound only from official word from NOAA?
|Dunwoody not listed as one of the cities in the Peachtree City warning. Do they know we are a city?|
So the idea of storm sirens may soon be upon us. Should the city invest in storm sirens and utilize the CodeRed phone system? Perhaps a study on amount of sirens needed and annual cost. Sandy Springs has sirens, as does Cobb, Roswell, and Decatur. Any other time we (the city) needs to buy something, we always refer to one of these cities for validation.
According to CodeRed 30350 and 30338 were under a tornado warning on Thursday night. I was at city hall during this time and knew of the event due to a CodeRed text and phone call. A couple of other people in the audience knew as well, for the same reason.
On a similar topic, HERE is Sustainable Pattie (no relation to Peppermint Patty)