Catoosa County Gets New Emergency Weather Sirens

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Updated: 8/07/2013 11:52 pm
        Catoosa County is no stranger to severe weather.
        The tornado that swept through Ringgold in April in 2011 is something residents won't soon forget, but a silver lining is finally starting to show.
        EMA Director Steve Quinn said they're purchasing two federal signal sirens.  They will be installed at Ringgold High School and the at Lakeview Middle School.
        The tornado damage qualified Catoosa County for state and FEMA grants, giving them the money to purchase new emergency sirens.    
        "It's unfortunate to look at it that way but that's part of what we do, we actually mitigate the problem, we also have to prepare for the next one," said Quinn.
       Now instead of just two, the county will have four sirens.
        The new ones will be more high tech than the ones already in place.
        "The two that we currently have they are 12-hundred watts sirens.  Once you get about half to three quarters of a mile they really start fading.  These will have a good solid range of a mile plus maybe a mile 1/2 depending on the weather and terrain," Quinn said.
     The county commission approved the purchase this week, and the sirens should be up and running in about 65 days.
        For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit: ready.ga.gov
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