The Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company has received a $119,500 grant from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to purchase and install a 200-kilowatt generator.
"The generator will power everything in the station," said Gene Curfman, the fire company's grant writer. "It will allow us to operate as an emergency shelter."
MEMA worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to allocate federal funds made available after Hurricane Sandy for eight disaster mitigation projects around Maryland, according to a news release from MEMA.
"The grant comes from the disaster funds that are leftover," Curfman said.
Curfman said the grant process took about nine months. In Maryland, the Union Bridge venture is one of two projects that will provide generators for critical infrastructure to remain operational during power outages.
Five other Maryland projects will work to raise 15 residential properties 2 feet above base flood level, while the final state project will purchase and demolish two residential structures in a flood zone.
FEMA will be providing $1.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds, covering 75 percent of the $2.4 million total cost of the projects, according to the release.