Jackson State University recently completed the installation of a 750kw electric generator at the T.B. Ellis Building on the university’s main campus.
The generator was acquired after the university was awarded a $315,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Health and the Federal Health Services to prepare the T. B. Ellis Building for use as a Special Medical Needs shelter during designated emergency periods.
“We have worked with the Mississippi Department of Health and the Federal Health Services on several projects, and it is indeed fortunate for JSU to have this generator to combat some of the challenges we could face during critical times,” said Curtis Johnson, director of Support Services and Emergency Management.
In the summer of 2008, the Mississippi State Health Department contacted Johnson to request that the university work with the Federal Health Service in housing some evacuees and health care professionals during Hurricane Gustav. After being impressed with services provided by various areas of JSU, the Federal Health Service sought to establish the university as a permanent emergency location.
“We are constantly striving to ensure that our university is prepared to be a safe haven during any emergency situation,” said Carolyn W. Meyers, president of Jackson State University. “This project truly supports that effort.”
Felix Okojie, vice president for Research and Federal Relations, also assisted in this project.
This is a very valuable resource for JSU,” Okojie said. “I am glad to have worked with Dr. Johnson, who is actively involved in emergency management collaborations with the university and various external agencies.”
The shelter project is expected to provide JSU with new opportunities for innovation in the areas of emergency management and safety.
“We are preparing to increase training for personnel, educate our communities and identify opportunities to garner resources through collaborations and grants,” Johnson said. “As we improve, we are asking everyone to join us and support this endeavor to improve preparedness and response at JSU.”
For more information, contact Curtis Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.