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Quasi is currently a Category 1 Hurricane with winds clocked at around 80 mph. JSC is not in the forecast cone at this time, but impacts from this storm are expected to be far reaching. JSC could see tropical storm winds early Thursday afternoon, and regardless of where the storm makes landfall, heavy rain is expected. Severe storms with high rainfall rates are likely, and an isolated tornado is possible.

If the Center were actually facing the simulated impact we expect from Hurricane Quasi, the Center would be closed to all but essential personnel effective at close of business today. Center Closure information would be sent to all employees via email and text from the Agency Emergency Notification System (ENS). (Note: closure info will not be sent as part of this exercise.)

Employees working on site should cover computers in plastic and move items off the floor and raised the blinds in their office before leaving.

Employees working from home plan should plan to take NASA equipment if evacuating the area, or take precautions to protect it if staying.

 Before leaving site, employees should configure all equipment and systems to minimize adverse effects from a loss of power, as cooling and power may intentionally or inadvertently be shut down.

 JSC Center Operations would have declared Hurricane Level 2 (Center Closure Activities) in anticipation of Hurricane Quasi.

 Refer to the FMOD SOP for Hurricane Preparation for a full listing of Level 2 tasks.

If you have any questions regarding the SOP or related tasks, you can call the Communication Unit leader Ken Chevalier at x33177.

Remember storms are volatile and conditions may change rapidly. JSC management will continue to monitor the storm and send status updates as necessary.

JENS messaging and email messages to the EPR listing may not continue after Center closure.

Weather forecasts and Center status information after closure will be posted at www.jscsos.com

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