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Ersatz is currently a Tropical Storm with winds clocked at around 65 mph. The storm is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and move rapidly toward the upper Texas coast. JSC could see tropical storm winds early Thursday, 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 Ersatz, the Center would be closed to all but essential personnel today. Employees would be told to work with their supervisor and management to determine their work status. Employees may be required to telework even if the Center is closed to all but essential personnel. Center Closure information would have been 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, and employees are not released from normal duties.)

 Any Employees working on site today should cover computers in plastic and move items off the floor and raised the blinds in their office before leaving. (Employees do not need to actually shut down equipment as a part of the exercise, but they should be encouraged to think about how they would configure their office in the event of a storm. )

Employees working from home 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. (Simulation only.)

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

 Refer to the Facilities Management Operations Division (FMOD) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for a full listing of Level 2 tasks.

If you have any questions regarding the FMOD SOP or related tasks, you can contact Gabe Baca.

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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