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Published October 8, 2014
Courtesy The Herald Leader

Grant gives County new emergency generator

Ben Hill County is the recipient of a GEMA grant for a new emergency power generator. Ben Hill County EMA Director Jason Miller took delivery last week of a 100KW portable emergency generator. The $69,000 generator was given to the County by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) through funding by the Department of Homeland Security.

“We will use it locally, regionally, even statewide,” Miller says. “Wherever it needs to go, we’ll take it. It’s like the emergency signs we were given. We were asked to take them to north Georgia during last winter’s ice storm. They have placed at least one of these generators in every GEMA district. Of course, the metro area has more.”

Miller will have transfer switches installed at City Hall, the courthouse and essential County offices. The generator can then be taken to any of those sites and plugged into the switch to power that building. Dorminy Medical Center has had its own emergency power supply for many years.

“We’ll have a switch set up at the Senior Citizens Center. We might need that for emergency shelter,” Miller said. “We will even have a transfer switch set up at Fitzgerald Utilities, if they want one. We need to be prepared to use this generator where it’s needed in an emergency.”

“The ice storm we had last winter in north Georgia taught us a lot about the strategic placement of emergency equipment. The placement of these generators around the state are part of fulfilling that plan,” Miller added.