AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $1.4 million to Bay City, Texas, to purchase four fixed and two portable generators. The generators will provide the backup electrical supply at critical facilities in the city.
The fixed units will be used by several city departments including the waste water treatment plant, water plant, sewer lift station and the municipal airport. The portable units will be used at 27 lift stations across the city.
The generator purchase is a part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The program requires a 25 percent non-federal match. The total cost of the project is more than $1.9 million.
FEMA has a long-term commitment to help Texas and its communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and to become more resilient.
HMGP provides funds to implement hazard mitigation measures following a presidentially declared disaster. Hazard mitigation actions reduce or eliminate the long term risks to people and property from natural hazards.
Grants are designed to assist local communities, states, federally recognized tribes and territories with implementing mitigation measures during the recovery process. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on federal funding in future disasters.