Message from the NASA Administrator: Aftermath of Hurricane Frances

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2004

image This weekend the eyes of the NASA Family were on the state of Florida as we viewed coverage of Hurricane Frances, hoping and praying that our colleagues at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) would come through the storm safe and unharmed.

Although some of our facilities at KSC did suffer damage, fortunately none of our KSC workers or family members has been reported as suffering any injuries. We are also grateful that there appears to be no significant damage to the facilities housing the Space Shuttle Orbiters and flight hardware for the International Space Station.

I want to thank KSC Director Jim Kennedy and his staff for taking the necessary precautions to ensure the facility was made as safe as possible during the landfall of Frances.

While the storm has passed, we recognize that thousands of people were forced to seek shelter away from their homes. We want to make sure our colleagues and their families get the help they need in the coming days and weeks to rebuild their lives.

We're assessing how our resources across the entire agency can best be used to offer support to KSC as emergency crews begin the tedious and difficult work of clearing debris and restoring power and other services to the facilities on site. Of course we are also tracking Hurricane Ivan as it approaches the Florida Peninsula.

I urge the entire NASA Family to keep everyone at KSC in our prayers in the coming days. While there is considerable federal and state assistance on the way, the entire NASA Family can get involved by contributing to the NASA Family Assistance Fund or the Red Cross.

As people begin to return to their homes and careers, I recognize we have a monumental task ahead of us. But I also know we have a documented history of overcoming adversity and pulling together as a team to put America's space program back on track. I am confident we will prevail again.

Sean O'Keefe
NASA Administrator

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