Kennedy Space Center Joins Katrina Recovery Efforts

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Bruce Buckingham/Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

RELEASE: 86-05


Nearly 20 people are being sent from NASA's Kennedy Space Center for 
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the Michoud Assembly Facility, near 
New Orleans with much needed emergency equipment, food, and medical 
supplies to assist with the recovery efforts associated with 
Hurricane Katrina.

Early this morning, KSC sent a helicopter with medical supplies and an 
Emergency Medical Technician to Stennis. Since Michoud can only be 
accessed by air, the helicopter will remain at Stennis to help with 
transportation of people and cargo to and from Michoud.

This afternoon, a NASA plane will carry medical supplies, food and 
chain saws, as well as a physician and two high voltage technicians 
to ensure Michoud can safely receive power when the main electricity 
grid comes online. Early next week, a 14-person security team will 
leave for Michoud to relieve the security professionals at that 

This weekend, KSC will send a truck with 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel 
and three large generators: a 1 mega watt generator, and a 125 and 
225 kilowatt generator.

All KSC support and relief efforts are being coordinated through the 
NASA Emergency Operations Center in Washington, D.C.

NASA has also established a program to coordinate volunteer housing 
for the NASA community (civil servants and contractors) from Michoud 
and Stennis, and KSC is participating in those activities.

NASA has opened a dedicated toll-free number to take information and 
provide assistance to individuals seeking information about family 
members that may be sheltering at the Stennis Space Center, Miss., or 
the Michoud Assembly Facility, near New Orleans..

The toll free number is: 866/779-7462.

NASA is also taking email inquiries about personnel sheltering at 
Stennis and Michoud. Use "Assistance â?? Katrina" in the subject line, 
and send email inquiries to:


NASA also has a direct telephone number (256/544-4700) for family 
members seeking information about people sheltering at Stennis and 
Michoud. Support personnel at that number will also assist people 
trying to locate employees who work at either facility.

. NASA has a toll-free number (888/362-4323) for recorded updates 
about general conditions at Stennis and Michoud. For updates about 
relief operations on the Web, visit:


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


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