Louisiana’s Elected Officials Facilitate FEMA Aid for Emergency Generators
Thanks to the efforts of Louisiana’s elected officials and the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSEP), FEMA has provided Woman’s Hospital with nearly $4 million in mitigation aid to purchase three emergency generators which will be installed at its new campus, on the corner of Airline Highway and Pecue Lane. The new Woman’s campus is scheduled to open in summer 2012.
Woman’s appreciatively recognizes the assistance of local Representative Franklin Foil, District 70, and the offices of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander, and U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy in obtaining the grants.
“Woman’s Hospital is the designated Louisiana Emergency Disaster Preparedness Hospital for pregnant women and babies seeking refuge from a crisis or natural disaster, and this grant will ensure that they continue to have electricity during future storms and preserve the facility’s ability to provide critical healthcare services,” explains Representative Franklin Foil, District 70. The generators are currently on site at the new Woman’s campus and are being installed by Fisk Electric Company.
Following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, Woman’s role in caring for infants located in evacuation zones was apparent. During Katrina, the hospital served as a haven for 121 NICU babies rescued from hospitals in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, admitted over 500 patients from those regions, and delivered an additional 150 babies.
Woman’s grant was included with four additional $12 million grants for flood protection measures in St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson parishes. “These are all examples of how FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is working to make Louisiana better prepared to withstand the effects of potential future storms,” says Foil.