Paul Foerman, NASA News Chief
NASA Public Affairs Office
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000
May 21, 2008
STENNIS RELEASES 2008 HURRICANE SEASON SHELTER GUIDELINES
With the 2008 hurricane season set to begin June 1, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center officials would like to remind area residents that now is the time to prepare for possible storms, which includes establishing shelter and evacuation plans.
As in previous years, Stennis is partnering with the American Red Cross during the upcoming storm season to maximize effectiveness of the facility and to keep it in line with Red Cross guidelines. Stennis is not equipped to be a primary shelter and only becomes a shelter 12 hours before the impact of any storm. The Red Cross will manage Stennis as a shelter of last resort with meager accommodations.
At a recent meeting of the Stennis Emergency Management Council, Stennis Space Center Director Bob Cabana urged everyone to have an evacuation plan. “Stennis is too close to the coast and surrounding waterways to be considered a primary evacuation point during a storm, and we are not equipped to deal with a large number of evacuees. I encourage everyone to evacuate to a destination safely away from here unless there is absolutely no other option. Only our emergency response team will remain at Stennis to monitor critical systems,” Cabana said.
For those who must evacuate to Stennis, the following guidelines will be in place during the 2008 season: