Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $3.4 million to the City of Santa Rosa to replace and upgrade 21 generators and transfer switches, which will deliver reliable back-up power to the city’s critical fresh and wastewater systems after earthquakes, floods, and wildfires.
Recent wildfire and flood modeling data highlight Santa Rosa’s major disaster risks. Completion of this project will strengthen public health and safety by mitigating the city’s risk to ensure uninterrupted power to pump stations and sewer lifts that protect the water supply and prevent raw sewage overflow.
The $4.5 million project will be funded by a $3.4 million hazard mitigation grant from FEMA, with non-federal sources covering the remaining $1.1 million.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs. In the past 30 years, FEMA has invested nearly $1.3 billion to reduce disaster risks in California.