|VW among 4 counties receiving grant money for emergency generators|
|Sunday, July 07, 2013 10:55 PM|
Van Wert County with the help of Van Wert County Emergency Management Director Rick McCoy recently purchased new generators with the help of U.S. Homeland Security dollars to be used by the county in emergency situations. Homeland security grants were released this past year for competitive regional projects and were pursued by McCoy for Van Wert as well as surrounding counties. Twenty generators for four counties were purchased with received grant money.
McCoy contacted neighboring counties, Mercer, Darke and Auglaize, and advised their EMA directors that he would prepare a grant request for the four counties with a proposal describing the need for generators within these counties. The proposal specified that five generators would be purchased for each county for a total of 20 generators.
McCoy’s grant proposal specified these areas’ need for back-up generators by referencing examples of the derecho wind storm that swept through the region on June 29, 2012, as well as the recent tornadoes that affected local communities. Each of these storms left residents, businesses and facilities, without power for a couple days up to a couple weeks.
A proposal for a grant amounting of $21,352 was submitted and approved with Van Wert EMA acting as grant administrator. The project was awarded to Van Wert Fire Equipment, and the generators were purchased and arrived last week for delivery to individual counties.
Each of the four counties will be receiving a 17.5 kw, 5.5 kw, 3.25 kw and 1.8 kw generator. McCoy stated that in his grant request, he specified the need for each county to have five generators in an emergency situation, but also noted that in the event that only one county was affected the other three counties could deliver an additional 15 generators to this area for a single-county use.