Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure Hazard Mitigation Grants fund projects to build more resilient communities

RALEIGH

FEMA and the state of North Carolina have approved funding of more than $1.4 million for 24 generators, which will help North Carolina communities become more resilient in the face of future storms and disasters.

Through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), 24 generators will be purchased and installed where they are needed to support critical public infrastructure. In two locations, transfer switches will be installed, and one generator will be relocated.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program program provides grants for state and local governments to elevate, buy out or reconstruct homes and to strengthen public infrastructure to make communities better able to withstand future storms and disasters.

Hazard Mitigation is a cost-sharing program. FEMA provides at least 75% of costs, and the remaining 25% is covered by the state. FEMA’s share for these projects is more than $1.07 million and the state share is nearly $359,000. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to local governments.

Generators will be provided for these locations:

West Bladen High School

Bladenboro

500kW generator

Emergency shelter location

East Bladen High School

Elizabethtown

Automatic transfer switch

Emergency shelter location

Town Hall / Emergency Operations Center

Calabash

Two 22kW generators

To ensure continuity of operations for town EOC

Public Works Building

Calabash

Relocate 20kW generator

Relocate current generator from town hall

Town Wastewater Plant

Creswell

40kW generator

To provide backup power

NC Emergency Management Eastern Branch Office

Kinston

125kW generator

To provide continuity of operations for Regional Coordination Center- East

Greene County Well #5

Maury

150kW generator

To provide uninterrupted power for water supply

Greene County Well #7

Snow Hill

150 kW generator

To provide uninterrupted power for water supply

Lenoir County EMS Station 7

Deep Run

45kW generator

To provide ongoing emergency medical services

Town Wastewater Plant

Plymouth

150kW generator

To provide backup power

Town Pump Station

Plymouth

45kW generator

To provide backup power

Hoffman Pumping Station

Rockingham

150kW generator

To ensure ongoing delivery of water

County pump station

Ellerbe

200kW generator

To ensure ongoing delivery of water

Water treatment plant

Roseboro

80kW generator

To provide backup power supply

Water treatment plant

Salemburg

80kW generator and automatic transfer switch

To provide uninterrupted power

Town Hall – Fire Department

Sandyfield

48kW generator

To provide backup power

Town Hall – Law Enforcement

Snow Hill

80kW generator

To ensure continuity of operations

Mt. Airy Rescue Squad

Mt. Airy

36kW and 22kW generators

To provide uninterrupted power for emergency medical operations

Tyrrell County EMS Base

Columbia

50kW generator

To provide backup power

Pines Elementary School

Plymouth

175kW generator

Emergency shelter location

Old radio station transmitter site

Plymouth

22kW generator

To provide backup power to radio transmitter

New radio site

Plymouth

22kW generator

Provide backup power to radio station providing emergency information to elderly population

Fire Department

Whiteville

125kW generator

To provide backup power

City Hall

Whiteville

230kW generator

To provide backup power to City Hall complex

After each disaster event, an amount equal to 20% of the combined total provided in FEMA Individual Assistance and Public Assistance is set aside for Hazard Mitigation projects. The projects can be anywhere in the state.

For Hurricane Matthew, $90 million in federal and state funds are being invested in Hazard Mitigation projects.  Last spring and summer, projects totaling $88.1 million were awarded to dozens of local governments to elevate, buyout or reconstruct 680 residential properties subject to repetitive flooding.
 

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