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Nov 24, 2015

Generator at 50 Lydia Lane to Assist in Emergency Management Planning

The Opportunity Alliance’s headquarters at 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland will serve as a site for safe haven for area residents in the case of an emergency or crisis situation.  Through a Homeland Security Grant from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, TOA has installed a 150 kilowatt generator and noise reduction barrier that can keep the building in full operation for several weeks in case of a massive power outage or other emergency situation.

SOUTH PORTLAND (November 2015) – The Opportunity Alliance’s headquarters at 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland will serve as a site for safe haven for area residents in the case of an emergency or crisis situation.  Through a Homeland Security Grant from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, TOA has installed a 150 kilowatt generator and noise reduction barrier that can keep the building in full operation for several weeks in case of a massive power outage or other emergency situation. “The generator will allow us to continue to serve clients of The Opportunity Alliance, particularly clients of our residential programs, in the event of a prolonged emergency,” said Tara Kosma, Senior Vice President for Operations and Access. “It will also allow us to serve our neighbors in South Portland.”

TOA’s headquarters are housed in the renovated 1903 barn that once belonged to the Southern Maine Juvenile Facility (later to become the Maine Youth Corrections Center).  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), inspected the building and surrounding landscape to ensure that there weren’t issues around the age of the building or possible historical code violations.  The funding also allowed TOA to meet codes for sound as well as for any possible land or water contamination.