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Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure

Hazard Mitigation Grants fund projects to build more resilient communities

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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