New Macon Generator Will Help in Case of Disaster

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, March 31 2014 Mar 31, 2014 Monday, March 31, 2014 8:45:00 PM CDT March 31, 2014 in News
By: Emily Hauger, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

MACON - The Macon Police and Fire departments now have a backup generator to power their building in the event of a power outage.

"We'll be able to run flawlessly. We should be able to run uninterrupted service for the community and be able to provide that service that we need to in emergency situations," Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger said.

Previously, the Macon Fire Department had a small generator to provide heat and lighting, but the police department relied solely on battery power.

"We have battery back-up lights inside the building and battery back up for our computers, but that doesn't last very long," Olinger said. "And so it would be enough to allow us to do the small tasks that we could do quickly, but it didn't operate our radios and it didn't operate the things that we needed to be able to properly serve the community."

Now, Olinger said the department has power and Macon residents can have confidence.

"They can be confident that we're able to give them everything that they need and deserve," Olinger said.

The new generator is part of a trend in Missouri to provide community services with alternate power sources. This includes police, fire and public works departments, hospitals, water towers and emergency shelters.

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Josh Creamer said there is a large need for generators.

"We always need generators following any disaster no matter what it is, and so we've tried to get ahead of that need and purchase local generators and kind of have a reserve supply here locally and also within in the region so we can handle a lot of those issues quicker and without having to go to the state Emergency Management Agency for them," Creamer said.

Plus, the generators enable agencies to focus on saving lives.

"Following an emergency, there are certain critical functions in departments of agencies that you really want operating in an emergency. And so these generators make sure that all of those functions and those resources that they need are up and running so they can focus on that critical life safety and life saving actions following an emergency," Creamer said.

The need for generators and emergency power is more common than one may think.

"Just about had an opportunity to use it last night. But this area of town was one of parts of town that didn't lose power," Olinger said.

"We used them just a few weeks ago during one of the ice storms here in town. Someone cut a tree down just up the street here on Ash Street and actually knocked out the power to this building," Cassil said.

Olinger and Cassil agree that emergency generators are vital to police and fire departments.

"We call them emergency generators and that's exactly what they are. We need them during emergencies," Cassil said.

"You just never know. And when it comes times for needing it, it's just one of those things you can't wait for because it could cost somebody their life," Olinger said.

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- Last week, a giant dust storm on Mars took up about a quarter of the Red Planet. Now,... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:26:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Amid overall lower enrollment numbers, the UM Board of Curators will vote on the FY 2019 budget at... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:28:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After an armed robbery at Deco to Retro and Vintage Clothing on the Business Loop June 15,... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:52:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force seized 14 pounds of marijuana, four... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:40:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department could see some major changes in authority if a recommendation... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:16:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An attorney suing former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his staffers says recently uncovered texts show... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 5:34:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A study conducted by an MU professor shows sensitive medical information could be put in the wrong hands without... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU hosted a summit on Wednesday to discuss ideas about a new research building with the other UM... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
ELDON - Police in Eldon arrested a suspect Wednesday for an assault at a barber shop. Officers responded to... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:46:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Authorities said they were looking for a man near Vandiver Drive who was considered armed and dangerous. ... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County emergency officials are getting some new digs. Crews will soon move into a new... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:55:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People in mid-Missouri are doing whatever it takes to stay cool during the summer. That includes trash... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Four years after Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill co-sponsored legislation targeting tax havens such as the Cayman... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:49:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A judge has turned down a Ferguson lawmaker's attempt to run for a seat in the... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:36:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo has welcomed a baby giraffe. Zoo officials announced Tuesday that Beau was... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — St. Louis County authorities say a 70-year-old Green Park woman died from heat-related issues when her home's... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:29:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
KIRKWOOD (AP) — A 71-year-old St. Louis man and his adult son are both charged with assault for allegedly beating... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:02:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Harry S. Truman VA Hospital is building a home to ease the burden of travel for veterans... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
8am 70°
9am 72°
10am 73°
11am 75°