JSC Today Special: Aug. 28 Tropical Storm Harvey Update
Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to continue moving slowly southeast through tonight. On Tuesday Harvey will turn northeast and make a second landfall around 9 a.m. between Galveston and the TX/LA state line. Some minor intensification in wind speed is forecast. JSC may see 20 to 30 mph winds on Tuesday and early Wednesday with gusts to 40 mph. Occasional periods of moderate to heavy rain are still likely through Wednesday afternoon. The bull’s eye for heaviest rainfall may be shifting a bit inland from JSC today. It is possible we’ll get 3 to 5 inches of additional rain today and 5 to 7 inches tomorrow. The rainfall total at Building 30 as of noon today is 31.66 inches.
The Center will be closed tomorrow to all but Mission Essential Personnel. Facility Managers, please do not come to the center until you hear from the recovery team. Senior management will continue evaluating the status of the Center on a day-to-day basis and instructions for excused leave for this time period will be issued after the Center re-opens.
Mission Essential Personnel can report through Gate 3 (Hilton Gate). As always, check your route to site before your drive, do not drive into standing water, and stay safe.
If you need to leave your home for any reason, please check the road conditions. You can check major road conditions at http://drivetexas.org. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous, and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your vehicle, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Shelters are open across the affected and surrounding areas. You can download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for registration information, directions to open shelters. You can also go to http://abc13.com/weather/list-of-shelters-around-houston-area/2341032/ or http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter for a list of local shelters.
You can find a list of emergency numbers for the Houston area here: http://www.khou.com/news/local/list-emergency-informational-phone-numbers-for-houston-area/468206447. These numbers include the non-emergency police line, CenterPoint Energy and Coast Guard numbers for people who are in danger and need rescuing.
Friendswood – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, Aug. 27
Pasadena – 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 28
Pearland – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, Aug. 27
Webster – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Sunday, Aug. 27
Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/central-and-south-texas/disaster-response
FEMA – https://www.fema.gov
CCISD, Friendswood ISD, and Pearland ISD will be closed for the rest of the week.
Please continue to stay tuned to www.jscsos.com for real-time information and site conditions. Employees should monitor the latest advisories on Hurricane Harvey’s impact to their area at http://hurricanes.gov. Coordinate any special circumstances you might have with your supervisor.