Monroe -- (Press Release) -- The City of Monroe was awarded a grant by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the grant is to provide generators, wiring and transfer switches to buildings at the Monroe Civic Center Complex. The generators will provide continuous power and lighting for all of the Civic Center Complex in the event of a power outage.
The plans were prepared by Land 3 Architects Inc. (Monroe, LA) and the construction has been awarded to Central Electric (Monroe, LA). The construction contract is in the amount of $1.55 million, and has an estimated construction time of 8 months.
The City of Monroe Civic Center serves as an American Red Cross evacuation shelter during natural disasters. In the past decades, thousands of evacuees from multiple states has sought shelter during multiple hurricanes. The City of Monroe has "Point to Point" agreements with multiple south Louisiana parishes in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. The Monroe Civic Center has such an agreement to provide shelter to Terrebonne Parish evacuees in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. This new generator system will give added assurance to them and other evacuees who made use our facility as an emergency shelter.
Event: Groundbreaking for Monroe Civic Center Complex Generator Project
Time/Date: 12 noon Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Location: Monroe Civic Center Complex
Who: Mayor Jamie Mayo, Monroe City Council, and City Officials, Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, Ouachita Parish Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, American Red Cross (NELA Chapter).