Release no. 13-001
QUEENS, New York – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced today the final numbers for the emergency power mission in New York following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The Corps’ 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), along with three planning and response teams from across the United States, made 385 assessments in New York following the storm. The teams installed, maintained and de-installed 106 generators. Generators were used throughout the area to provide temporary emergency power for hospitals, nursing homes, New York City Housing and other infrastructure needs. The generators ranged in size from producing 25 kilowatts to provide power for the pumps to an 800-kilowatt generator at 1 World Trade Center.
"This was an extraordinary challenge under trying conditions," said Michael Byrne, federal coordinating officer for Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Their patience, diligence and hard work paid off, and I thank them for their efforts."
Following the Oct. 29 storm, FEMA tasked the Corps of Engineers to provide emergency power. The support ranged from technical expertise/assistance to complete emergency power management that included the procurement, installation and operation of generators.
“The mission provided local and state officials broad support for their unmet temporary emergency power needs,” said Lt. Col. John Knight, New York Recovery Field Office commander. “Finishing this mission brings us another step closer toward completing the goal of assisting the city of New York recovery as quickly as possible.”
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