NASA Hotlines Provide Info About Hurricane-Damaged Facilities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has designated a telephone number (256/544-4700) for family members seeking information about people who may have sought shelter from Hurricane Katrina at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. Support personnel at that number will also assist people trying to locate employees who work at either facility.

NASA established a toll-free number (888/362-4323) for recorded updates about general conditions at Stennis and Michoud.

NASA's Space Shuttle Program Manager Bill Parsons was named the senior agency official in charge of the hurricane recovery effort. His deputy, Wayne Hale, has been named the acting Space Shuttle Program manager.

    Stennis Space Center:

    * A nearby runway is clear and receiving aircraft, including a NASA plane
      delivering satellite phones to the center

    * 40 portable generators are functioning on-site. NASA centers will send
      more generators to provide supplemental power

    * Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 people, including NASA employees,
      contractors and the public are at the center. There were approximately
      4,000 people at the center Monday night after the storm hit

    * Since Stennis is serving as an emergency safe haven, NASA is
      coordinating with relief agencies, like the American Red Cross, to help
      support members of the public seeking refuge there

    * NASA is preparing key personnel from other agency centers to assist in
      Stennis/Michoud recovery efforts; they will deploy, as required

    * A doctor and a nurse arrived to Stennis today with additional medical
      supplies
      -- Doctors and nurses from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and
         Johnson Space Center, Houston, are on 24 hour standby to help support
         Stennis
      -- Two telemedicine unit vans will be sent to Stennis tomorrow. The vans
         will provide video links and also have Ham radios.

    * Potable water supply is fine

    * Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., is delivering 100 blue
      rain protection tarps

    * No NASA employee or contractor injuries have been reported

    * Early estimates indicate many homes of Stennis employees have been
      damaged or destroyed

    Michoud Assembly Facility:

    * Some telephones are working

    * Various NASA centers will rotate support personnel into Michoud. They
      are bringing food and other supplies

    * The only way to access the facility is by helicopter or boat since the
      surrounding roadways are flooded or damaged

    * It appears space flight hardware was not damaged

    NASA will provide information as it becomes available. For updates, visit:

                        
http://www.nasa.gov/hurricane

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

                           
http://www.nasa.gov/home

CONTACT: Allard Beutel or Katherine Trinidad, Headquarters, Washington,
+1-202-358-4769 or +1-202-358-3749, or June Malone, Marshall Space Flight
Center, Huntsville, Ala., +1-256-544-0034, all of NASA

Web site: http://www.nasa.gov//




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