SPACEPORT NEWSPage 3June 1, 2007
Employees step up to donate blood for military
KENNEDY SPACE Center employees donate blood in the LearningInstitute for the “Mission Life Force” blood drive May 24.
Hurricane awareness training prepares employees to respond
BOB LAY, director of Brevard County Emergency Management, talks toKennedy employees about dealing with the effects of hurricanes.
By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer
ith the effects of the2004 hurricane seasonnot quite faded frommemory, Kennedy Space Centeremployees attended hurricaneawareness training at the TrainingAuditorium last month to preparefor this year’s season. Coordinatedby Space Gateway Support’semergency preparedness group, thepresentation featured BrevardCounty Emergency ManagementDirector Bob Lay, 45th SpaceWing Shuttle Launch WeatherOfficer Kathy Winters, and JohnCosat, chief of JBOSC emergencypreparedness.“Whether the season is busy ornot, it only takes one storm tocome into your area to affect you,”Winters said, adding there is ahigher probability of stormformations for 2007 than last year.During the week of May 7, a joint hurricane exercise involvingKSC, Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation and the 45th Space Wingwas held in conjunction with thestate of Florida. The exercise gavethe KSC director, 45th Space Wingcommander, Spaceport EmergencyOperations Center and otherorganizations the opportunity toreview plans and procedures, andprepare for what is expected to be abusy hurricane season.Lay presented an overview of the potential effects of high winds,storm surges, heavy rainfall, inlandflooding and tornadoes in Brevard.
(See HURRICANE, Page 4)
By Linda HerridgeStaff Writer
ennedy Space Center andCape Canaveral Air ForceStation workers stepped upto help the U.S. military servingoverseas and at home by donatingblood to “Mission Life Force,” anArmed Services Blood DriveProgram operated out of FortBragg, N.C. It is the only Depart-ment of Defense donor center inthe United States that maintains awartime contingency stock of blood.Donors filled two locations:Fire Station No. 1 at CapeCanaveral Air Force Station onMay 23, and the Kennedy Learn-ing Institute on May 24. CaptainJason Corley leads the blood driveefforts at Fort Bragg. During thetwo-day visit to KSC and CapeCanaveral Air Force Station,Corley said nearly 300 workersdonated 225 pints of blood.“The response was outstand-ing,” Corley said. “I hope every-one knows that the blood will beused to support troops overseasand here at home. We appreciateSpace Gateway Support’s efforts inhelping to coordinate this blooddrive.”According to Sgt. Amy Brooks,a medical lab specialist attached toFort Bragg, the tested and pro-cessed blood can last for 42 days,and plasma for 40 days. She addedthat fresh frozen plasma can last upto one year. The blood productsare used to treat all military branchsoldiers at war, at home, andpatients at the Womack ArmyMedical Center at Fort Bragg.Space Gateway Support, alongwith NASA and the Air Force,coordinated the blood drive. LeonMcGovern, the SGS director of Engineering Services, helpedcoordinate the blood drive.“It’s the right thing to do,”McGovern said. “And it’s ourobligation to donate blood if wecan.”Daniel Cox, a Boeing em-ployee, said he really wanted togive blood for the troops.“This is the easy part; ourmilitary does the hard part,” Coxsaid.Linda Keene with SpaceGateway Support said she hadn’tgiven blood in a really long time.“I was overdue, and this is forthe military,” Keene said. “It’s agreat feeling to help our troops.”Robert Johnson, with NASA’sApplied Technology group andalso in the Air Force Reserves, saidhe wanted to help the troops in anyway he could.“They deserve our support andprayers,” said Ron Woods of theJohnson Space Center residentoffice at KSC.The response to the “MissionLife Forces” blood drive was sooverwhelming that Fort Bragg isplanning to return later this year.To sponsor a blood drive, contactLinda Ellerbe at Fort Bragg at
, or call910-396-9925/4222.