Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that he secured $250,000 in funding under FEMAs Predisaster Mitigation account to allow for the purchase of a 2.5 megawatt diesel generating plant for CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
Although the hospital has basic generator capabilities to sustain life support, Hurricanes Rita and Ike have proved that this basic capacity is insufficient, said Poe. During Hurricane Ike, 190 patients were unable to be evacuated and as commercial utilities were shut down, basic hospital operations were compromised.
This funding is to ensure sanitary and safe conditions for both current and potential patients during disasters. The funding was included in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act FY 2010.
In the event of another hurricane, the generator will make certain that the hospital remains serviceable by ensuring that power and water are functional, continued Poe. It is imperative that the hospital is able to maintain its mission of providing essential medical care to the residents of southeast Texas in times of disaster.
Congressman Poe has been a leading advocate in Congress to secure federal funding for hurricane recovery in southeast Texas. In addition to securing funding for CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital, Congressman Poe also recently announced that Texas will receive $1.7 Billion in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to aid in Hurricane Ike recovery. This is the second of three installments of federal funds to Hurricane Ike impacted states allocated by Congress in 2008.