Critical Infrastructure Systems Resiliency Initiative
In 2011 the NVHA will be making a $1M+ investment to improve the resiliency of NVHA member hospital water and electrical systems. The projects are based on engineering assessments conducted in 2009 / 10 to identify vulnerabilities in the NVHA member hospital water and power systems. The water enhancements that will be performed at the NVHA members will focus on the installation of emergency well-water pumping systems in addition to fixed water storage containers. These improvements will enable the NVHA members to maintain water availability for critical systems, such as HVAC, during an extended outage.
Figure 1: Design of Emergency Water Systems being installed at NVHA Hospitals
The emergency power enhancements will focus on the installation of “quick-connect” generator transfer switches that will enable the NVHA members to rapidly connect a large emergency generator in the event that normal electrical power is lost for a significant amount of time.