The Township of Springfield was awarded a $177,600 competitive grant from the State Hazardous Mitigation Office, a Division of the State Police. The grant was awarded under the State’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – Energy Initiative to encourage energy resilience for critical facilities.
The grant will be used to purchase three natural gas standby emergency generators for the Chisholm Community Recreation and Senior Building at 100 South Springfield Ave, the Springfield Library at 66 Mountain Ave and Municipal Town Hall at 100 Mountain Ave. The Chisholm Building has been designated as an emergency shelter for Springfield residents when there is an electric power failure for an extended period of time. According to Scott Seidel, Coordinator of the Springfield Department of Emergency Management, “these three generators were identified in the Township’s Post-hurricane Sandy after-action report as actions, along with others, that would make municipal operations more secure and sustainable.”
The Township is working on other actions such as portable generators for traffic signals, above ground gasoline and diesel storage tanks to allow police, fire and municipal vehicles a stable source of fuel. In addition, barricades, cones and barrels in a trailer for the Police and training Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members is now available.
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