DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Last year, the Denison City Council approved plans to install emergency backup power generators at key locations around the city.

City staffers say those power plants should be up and running around the end of the year. They will be located at City Hall, the water treatment plant, Rylant Lake at the treatment plant, and at Fire Station No. 1. 

The Denison Police Department already has its own generator, so all essential city departments will still be able to function if a storm knocks out power.

"If anything were to ever happen in Denison and there was an emergency, having a generator here at City Hall would allow us to have an emergency operations center here at City Hall," explained engineering manager Fanchon Stearns.

Much of Grayson County gets power from Oncor, which performs extra inspections of power lines and stations as winter approaches.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid for most of the state, had a program to boost electrical generating reserves across the state, but canceled it when it did not receive enough support from power companies.