The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that $4 million in funding with go toward crucial generator upgrade project at Kaua’i Wilcox Medical Center.
The Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant will ensure Kauai’s primary medical facility, and the island’s only Level III trauma center will be able to provide patients with life-saving power during and after natural disasters.
“This project is a concrete example that the State and Counties are pursuing projects to protect and secure critical facilities such as hospitals. These types of mitigation actions are all documented in the State of Hawaii Hazard Mitigation Plan and the County All Hazard Mitigation Plans as top priority projects,” said Thomas Travis, Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).
The grand total of the project has a $12.3 million price tag. FEMA will provide $4 in funding, the remaining balance will be pay by the Wilcox Medical Center.
The project will replace two 30-year-old generators with two 1,000 kilowatt-diesel generators with new fuel tanks, automatic transfer switches, and switch gear sets.