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Allard Beutel/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769/1600)

September 6, 2005
 
RELEASE : 05-250
 
 
NASA Updates Hurricane Katrina Relief and Recovery Efforts
 
 
Approximately 50 non-agency evacuees, who had taken refuge at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., are being moved today to better hurricane relief shelters. Stennis is still being used by FEMA and other groups as a rescue-and-recovery staging area.

NASA is still working on locating all employees who work at SSC and Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. Employees are asked to call toll-free: 877/470-5240 to check in.

The first pictures of relief efforts at SSC are available on the Web at:

http://www.nasa.gov/hurricane

Stennis Space Center:
  • NASA continues to temporarily house agency workers who lost their homes and don’t have any other place to stay
  • There are no reports of injuries to any NASA or contractor employees
  • Electrical power has been restored at SSC; there is limited phone service.
  • Food, clothing, medical supplies, fuel and personal hygiene items are arriving regularly for the emergency operations people working out of the center
  • Bill Parsons, the senior agency official in charge of NASA’s recovery efforts, arrived at SSC Monday to coordinate activities

    Michoud Assembly Facility:
  • The facility is using generators for electricity, while progress is made getting the site back on the main power grid
  • Helicopters and boats are still the only way to transport supplies to the emergency operations people at the facility, while road are being cleared

    NASA’s toll free number for family members seeking information about people sheltering at SSC and Michoud or for help trying to locate employees who work at either facility is:

    877/470-5240

    NASA has a public Web site for important contact information for NASA employees and contractors and for general public information at:

    http://www.nasa.gov/eoc

    For Stennis/Michoud updates and images on the Web, visit:

    http://www.nasa.gov/hurricane

    Members of the public who have general questions about NASA’s Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts can call:

    866/779-7462

    NASA can also take e-mail inquiries from the public about general storm recovery activities. Use "Assistance – Katrina" in the subject line, and send to:

    public-inquiries@hq.nasa.gov

    For recorded updates about NASA relief operations, call:

    888/362-4323.

    For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

    http://www.nasa.gov/home

     

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