2018-06-13 / Front Page

Emergency equipment purchased with Round Up grant


Shown, from left, with the purchased emergency cots and generator is Planters EMC General Manager Matt Brinson, Jenkins County EMA Director Alvin Burke and Planters EMC Operation Round Up Board Chairman John Roy Clifton. 
(Photo by Randy Hill) Shown, from left, with the purchased emergency cots and generator is Planters EMC General Manager Matt Brinson, Jenkins County EMA Director Alvin Burke and Planters EMC Operation Round Up Board Chairman John Roy Clifton. (Photo by Randy Hill) Jenkins County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) recently received a $1,500 grant from Planters EMC Operation Round Up. The grant was used to purchase emergency sleeping cots and a generator.

“I hope we never need to use this equipment, but we have it now on hand and ready to respond if an emergency arises,” says Jenkins County EMA Director Alvin Burke. “I want to thank Planters EMC Operation Round Up for its support with this effort.”

The equipment purchase completes two goals Burke set back in 2016, of being able to “mass shelter” up to 200 people and to provide emergency power for his Search and Rescue Command Center trailer.

The funding is made possible by Planters EMC members, who elect to round up their electric bill to the nearest dollar amount each month. Their small change adds up to provide the resources for the grants. Since 2006, more than $917,850 in grants were issued through the program.

Planters EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative providing electricity and related services to 12,500 members in Bulloch, Burke, Effingham, Emanuel, Jenkins, Richmond and Screven counties.

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