SOUTHINGTON — The executive directors of Mulberry Gardens and The Orchards said new generators will leave both facilities better prepared for power outages.
Both assisted living centers, owned by Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, previously had generators that provided limited power. New generators should be able to supply power to the entire facilities for up to four days.
Neither center lost power during the February blizzard, Super Storm Sandy in 2012 or Hurricane Irene in 2011.
“We were lucky, but soon enough the odds could go against us,” said Perry Phillips, executive director of Mulberry Gardens. “If we lost power this past February that would have been disastrous.”
Mulberry Gardens has about 100 residents.
When the care centers were built 15 years ago they had generators that supplied limited power, including emergency lights and medical equipment.
“Residents have more needs now,” Phillips said.
Audrey Vinci, executive director at The Orchards, said the new generator will improve safety and security. The Orchards is also home to about 100 residents.
“It seems like we’re getting these freaky storms that come out of nowhere and this will be a plus,” Vinci said.
Florence Lecuyer, a resident of Mulberry Gardens, said the new generator makes her feel better.
“People are telling me it’s going to be a bad winter,” she said.
The funding for the two generators came out of each care centers capital budget and was planned ahead of time, Phillips said.