OCEAN BREEZE — Staten Island University Hospital received more than $1 million in federal funds to protect itself against future storms by elevating mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced Wednesday that the hospital will get the money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's hazard mitigation and grant program to fund the first phase of the project, including engineering design analysis and permits.
"The Staten Island University Hospital provides essential emergency medical services for the community and I am pleased FEMA is awarding this critical funding to help the hospital better withstand future storms,” Gillibrand said in a statement.
“I will continue to fight for investments that help protect and strengthen vital facilities like this one so that Staten Island can be prepared for the next storm.”
The central utility plant for the hospital is currently on the lower level of the main hospital building.
The hospital — which had flood waters up to its doorstep during Hurricane Sandy and had to evacuate its data center — also got $28 million from Mayor Bill de Blasio last year to help improve its storm resiliency.