JSC Today Special: Aug. 29 Tropical Storm Harvey Update
The Center will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 5 to all but Mission Essential personnel. The group of Mission Essential personnel will be larger in the coming days due to mission operations and you will be contacted by your organization if you’re needed. Please do not come to the center until you hear from your supervisor. Civil servants should look for an email from HR with instructions for excused leave for this time period. Contractors should talk to their contract company management for directions and further information.
Harvey is forecast to make a second landfall near the TX/LA state line around sunrise Wednesday. No strengthening is forecast prior to landfall.
Impacts to JSC: JSC will continue to see moderate to occasionally heavy rain today into this evening. An additional 1.5 to 3 inches is possible through midnight. There are indications of a significant break in rainfall beginning this evening. A few showers and storms overnight wrapping around Harvey could bring an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Winds will continue to be breezy at JSC today with average winds of 20 to 30 mph and occasional gusts of 40 to 45 mph possible.
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.
EAP is suspending normal operations to provide mental health first aid. Employees experiencing emotional crisis can call our main number 281-483-6130 and they will be routed to one of our counselors. We will be providing stress debriefings to all JSC work groups in the coming weeks as people return to work.
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. Remember: Turn Around Don’t Drown!
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.
If you need them, here is a list of local foodbanks:
Feeding Texas: https://www.feedingtexas.org/help/
Corpus Christi: http://www.foodbankcc.com
Extensive list from the Houston press: http://bit.ly/2wgeoKr
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.
To keep track of the reservoirs and flooding, check the Harris County Flood Control District website at https://www.hcfcd.org/.
For FEMA assistance, registering online is the quickest. Go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA – https://www.fema.gov
Dickinson – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 28
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
CCISD, Friendswood ISD, Dickinson ISD and Pearland ISD will be closed for the rest of the week.
Please continue to stay tuned to http://www.jscsos.comfor 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.