WC Public Safety Seal_edited(ATLANTA) — Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, on behalf of  Governor Nathan Deal, has  awarded a $67,080 federal grant to White County.  GEMA officials says the grant will be used  for the purchase of a portable generator.

The generator will serve six fire stations and traffic operations   and ensure continuity of critical emergency services to the community. GEMA/HS Director Jim Butterworth said,  “Preparing in advance for potential disasters makes the whole community safer. The generator  will allow these critical facilities to continue serving the public if power fails during severe weather events or other emergencies.”

The amount awarded includes a federal share of $50,310. The remainder will come from a state share of $6,708 and a local share of $10,062.

These funds are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These funds were made possible as a result of White County’s adoption of a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.