Palisades Medical Center to get $1.2M Sandy grant to replace backup generators

Palisades Medical Center to get $1.2M Sandy grant to replace backup generators


By:  Mary Jo Layton
The Record


Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen will receive more than $1.2 million in a federal grant to cover the cost of replacing backup generators that were destroyed as a result of Superstorm Sandy, federal lawmakers announced Wednesday.

The hospital as well as a police station and offices damaged in Ocean County are the recipients of a total $2.65 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance grant, said U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, democrats of New Jersey.

During the storm in October 2012, waves from the Hudson River flooded the medical center, forcing the hospital to close after water was knee-high in ambulance bays. Portions of the parking lot were underwater two days after the storm hit the region. Many hospitals were operating on generator power during the storm.

“It’s vital that life-saving community resources – like police stations and hospitals – are rebuilt better and stronger than before the storm,” Menendez said. “I vow to continue advocating for Superstorm Sandy victims until we have fully recovered and, two years later, these grants keep our state on the right path forward.”

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