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Tucson's VA hospital prepares for emergency power outage

Published: Aug. 22, 2016 at 12:50 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Southern Arizona VA Health Care building on Tucson's south side just installed three new backup generators that will help provide power to the entire campus in case of an emergency.  

If something were to happen to the VA's main power source, Tucson Electric Power, the VA said the three generators are ready to be switched on. Combined, the generators can provide up to six million watts of power. That's enough to power close to 3,000 homes.

On Sunday morning the VA did a test run and temporarily disconnected from TEP. The VA's maintenance supervisor said the new generators kicked in smoothly.
"If there was a natural disaster or for whatever reason Tucson Electric Power would lose their service to us we could power the campus for quite a period of time, maybe a couple of weeks if needed," Jerry Seybert, Maintenance & Operations Supervisor for Tucson's VA, said.

On an annual basis the VA serves just more than 55,000 veterans across Southern Arizona. 

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