VIRGINIA BEACH – The city will receive $400,000 from the federal government to install an emergency generator at its correctional center.
The money comes from federal grants administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, according to a release. The city will cover an additional $132,000 for the rest of the cost of the 500-kilowatt generator, the release said.
The correctional center has two generators. The new one will replace a 25-year-old 300-kilowatt generator, according to Kathy Hieatt, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s crucial that correctional facilities have the ability to continue their normal operations during emergencies,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator for the Department of Emergency Management. “We partner with each locality to ensure they have the resources they need to prepare for emergencies through these grants.”
The correctional center is at 2501 James Madison Blvd.