DALLAS – With the commitment to make Hood County an even safer community, especially during emergency situations, Luminant today donated $50,000 toward construction of the new Emergency Operations Center. Construction of the EOC is already underway and should be finished in February.
"This is a donation that is just a perfect fit for us,” said Rafael Flores, Luminant's chief nuclear officer. "Safety and community are two of the four tenets of our company and the basis for how we operate.”
The Hood County Commissioners Court accepted the donation at its regular meeting. County Judge Darrell Cockerham said, "As owner and operator of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Luminant and its hundreds of employees who live in Hood County already have a long record of supporting this community. This donation underscores that support and will help make Hood County safer.”
The new EOC is being built across from the Law Enforcement Center in Granbury and will cost about $3 million. A $712,000 federal grant is funding part of the cost with the county covering the balance.
In handing over the donation to Hood County, Jan Caldwell, Luminant's community relations manager for Comanche Peak, said, "We're grateful for being a part of this wonderful area and want to do as much as we can to keep residents as safe as possible. Individually as employees and collectively as a company, we are looking forward to a bright future for Hood County and are glad to assist the county with the new EOC.”
Appearing with Caldwell before the commissioners were Comanche Peak employees Scott Cook and Ray Fishencord. Cook has served as a volunteer with the Hood County Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a part-time paramedic for Texas EMS, which serves Hood County. Fishencord volunteers as a Red Cross disaster response manager and responded to the deadly May 15 tornado that ripped through Hood County.
When finished, the EOC will be the nerve center for law enforcement, emergency management, fire and IT officials in urgent situations like the May tornado.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has more than 15,400 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com or www.energyfutureholdings.com for additional information.