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Great Dane offers donation to town for tornado siren

Monday, November 21, 2011

Great Dane Trailers Plant Manager Gary Parker presents a $5,000 check to Janice Gooch, Harmony Town Council President, for the purchase of a new tornado warning siren in Harmony.
HARMONY -- On Monday, Great Dane Trailers announced the company would be donating $5,000 to the Town of Harmony for the purchase of a new tornado warning siren.

"Great Dane feels an obligation to participate in the safety and well-being of all our neighbors," Great Dane's Brazil facility Plant Manager Gary Parker said. "We agree with local officials that a tornado siren is crucial in preventing the loss of lives when dangerous weather threatens the town."

Great Dane is also located in the service area of the warning signal.

In August, the Harmony Town Council approved the purchase of the town's first tornado siren at a cost of $21,646.

A federal grant will fund a portion of the cost, but the council has requested donations from local businesses to help with the remaining balance.

In an effort to help relieve the residents of Harmony from the cost of the siren, Great Dane Trailers pledged to match a portion of all other public funds toward the cost.

"We've all watched communities pull together to rebuild after natural disasters and we've seen the emotional and financial toll it takes on people," Parker said. "The cost of this weather siren pales in comparison. We urge other local businesses to work together in advance of an emergency by making a monetary donation toward a siren that could save lives in the future."

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I find it hard to believe that a single tornado siren could cost $21,646. There has to be a cheaper solution than a $21,000 horn. Why not buy 5 $4000 horns and place them all over town. That way it will seem like the money went a little farther. What a rip off.

-- Posted by MS660 on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 9:43 PM

I have to agree, just what costs so dang much for one siren???

-- Posted by clycogrl on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 11:54 PM

This purchase was discussed in detail at many of the Harmony town board meetings. I am NOT on the town board but I do attend a monthly meeting occasionally. From what I have seen, there was a lot of work put into this purchase. Maybe some people just don't understand the cost of a weather alert system (tornado siren). If for some reason you guys think that there is a more cost effective solution maybe you should attend a board meeting and voice your opinion.

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-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 12:00 PM

Thanks Great Dane!

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 9:05 PM

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