NASA Internal Memo: Status of Stennis Space Center

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:50 AM
Subject: Latest Hurricane News

From Tom Donaldson (Stennis Dep. Center Dir) via Rex Geveden at NASA HQ:


  • 4000 stayed overnight. SSC is sort of a refugee camp now. About half have left by now to go look at their homes.
  • Many SSC employees lost their homes. Anything south of I-10 is gone or flooded. They may need to house some employees indefinitely.
  • All were fed breakfast, but no food is left. Miss. Emergency Mgt Agency (MEMA?) is bringing more food, generators, and cots on-site today.
  • FEMA helicoptered in to assess the situation and have since left. Back today to set up staging.
  • There is emergency power and the highest priority has been to keep pressure in the test stand fuel lines to keep water out.
  • Phones don't work.

Jeff Sutton, Dave Saleeba, and I met shortly thereafter to coordinate some support they need. Needs include: (1) asking Miss. Power for priority in bringing up the substation; (2) contacting the Army in Rock Island to request use of their parking lot for FMEA staging; (3) putting out information to NASA employees to let them know that SSC is closed indefinitely.

We will be setting up a command center here at HQ to try to control information flow and coordination a little better.

Also from Dave King: 

We have an Army helicopter we are sending down there this am, after the Wx clears a bit, on a  mission to take SSC some satellite phones, then after we know what they need and how to get to them, we will be able to help more...

We are working to get more air suppport once we know what they need..  I suspect they can't keep the phones they do have charged... We have made no contact either... Hopefully we can manage fuel to also get into Maf and take some fresh security guys.   Will advise as the day goes...

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