Should a future emergency weather event knock out power in Madison, at least one building will still have its lights on.

Should a future emergency weather event knock out power in Madison, at least one building will still have its lights on.

That’s because Madison has received a generator, trailer and accessories to house in a designated emergency shelter.

State and federal funds made the new generator possible, officials said. Through its Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and State Emergency Management Agency, the state of Missouri is responsible for working with the Department of Homeland Security to address planning and grant funding priorities and distribution.

Officials have divided Missouri into regions based on the nine existing Missouri State Highway Patrol troop areas. Each state has an agency whose primary purpose is to administer plans, projects and grant programs at the area level.

The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments in Perry is the lead organization for Region B, which includes 16 counties in Northeast Missouri. Cindy Hultz is the agency’s executive director.

The new generator and trailer in Madison came through funding by Region B Regional Homeland Security Oversight, the federal funds for which Missouri received I fiscal year 2015.

“Funds are very limited, and for the city to receive (the generator) is a big accomplishment,” Hultz said. “Many towns in our 16 counties do not have this.”

Several years ago, Madison Fire Chief Larry Jones and other locals determined that a generator needed to be housed at the Madison Area Community Center because the center had been named a designated emergency shelter. Without power, the shelter wouldn’t be able to fully function.

“We got (the generator) for using the community center as a disaster center in town,” said Jones, who, with his crew, continues to train and prepare for various disasters.

A special fund was formed through donations from the Madison community, and Madison Area Community Betterment held several fundraising events. But the cost of a generator large enough to power what would be needed was high, and, without the funds from the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, its purchase would likely have been years away, officials said.

During an open period in 2015, the city of Madison submitted an application for funding. It was granted that funding later that year.

Madison Mayor Kathy Sasek said she was pleased with the efforts to bring the new generator to Madison.

“The city appreciates the work Madison Fire Chief Larry Jones did in the beginning,” she said, noting that Jones priced new and used generators. “It helped that we had a place to put it.”

Sasek further applauded the community, MACB and the fire department for working with the city to “make this happen as a community.”

Locally raised funds helped cover the costs of electrical changes that were necessary for installing the generator.

The generator arrived in Madison this winter, and the installation was completed before a predicted ice storm was to arrive.

Officials also noted that the generator is portable, which could make it an asset in other locations should the need arise.