Lincoln County Purchases Emergency Generator With Grant Funds

June 8, 2017
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Lincoln County has received a power generator for use in emergency situations through a state grant.

County Emergency Management Director Emma Epplin-Birdsell said she realized the need for the generator during the ice storm that hit the area last December.  The storm forced several school children and their teachers in Troy to remain at school buildings overnight.  Epplin-Birdsell noted that there are very few facilities in the county that have a generator powerful enough run an HVAC system.  She applied for an emergency management performance grant through the State Emergency Management Agency and the grant covered $25,000 of the total cost of the $33,000 generator. The remaining balance was paid out of the county’s general revenue fund.

The generator is 100 kilowatts, and is the largest portable, towable generator in Lincoln County. It can be used to power a section of a large building such as a school cafeteria or gym, or the entire building for some smaller facilities such as churches.  Epplin-Birdsell said that the generator can be used at any facility in the county, but strongly advised that facilities should be equipped with a transfer switch prior to needing the device.

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