The City of Santa Rosa has been awarded two Federal grants to provide the City with more than $3.3 million to replace 19 stationary generators at water and wastewater facilities and more than $1 million to install backup battery systems for traffic signal controllers at 175 locations. These projects will shore up the city’s ability to respond and function in case of an emergency or loss of power. Funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Santa Rosa was awarded $3.36 million through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to help fund a $4.49 million project to replace 3 existing diesel generators and 16 existing propane/natural gas generators with more reliable generators at 19 critical water and wastewater facilities across the city. This will help ensure water and wastewater continuity during emergencies and loss of power incidents. Santa Rosa was also awarded $1.06 million to fund a $1.41 million project to install backup battery systems at existing traffic controller cabinets at 175 locations across the city. This will allow those signals to operate for an additional 4 hours after loss of power, increasing evacuation rates in case of fires and other emergencies. This grant was also awarded through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The funding is provided from FEMA’s 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which is made available to states following a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. Both of these grant projects were submitted under the October 2017 wildfires disaster declaration (DR-4344).
For more information on the City's recovery from the 2017 fires, visit srcity.org/rebuild