Gwinnett County is strengthening its disaster response and recovery efforts with the installation of a new generator at the Parks Operation Center in Lawrenceville.
County officials said the project was initiated in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma. The bulk of the funding came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program at a cost of $126,760.
While grant-funded projects generally have a long approval timeline, this project was also periodically delayed due to manufacturing, skill trade and delivery issues caused by COVID-19.
The initiative is part of the Gwinnett County Hazard Mitigation Plan that aims to reduce and eliminate risk to residents and property from disasters. The Parks Operation Center houses the equipment necessary for responding to disasters that can impact the county.
Mitigation grant funding is available to all city and county governments within Gwinnett County. Applicants must be active participants in the FEMA-approved multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.