Message from the Executive Director of NASA Headquarters (HQ)
A new strain of H1N1 influenza that emerged this spring has reached global pandemic levels. It is not known whether the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus will cause more illness in the coming months, but NASA HQ is taking the necessary steps to prepare the organization and its employees.
A Pandemic Influenza Working Group was created to develop and test plans and procedures significant to a pandemic crisis. NASA Headquarters is also developing public outreach materials to provide our employees with guidance and recommendations concerning personal preparedness.
Please take the time to utilize this site as a resource for your individual pandemic preparedness. Through cooperation and careful planning, we can produce results that will benefit the NASA community.
Executive Director, Office of Headquarters Operations
For more information on the Emergency Management Program at NASA HQ, click here (NASA only access).
You can take the following everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza:
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, and rub until the liquid/gel dries.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are spread this way.
Cough or sneeze into your arm or tissue.
Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with coworkers and customers.
Avoid shaking hands and always wash your hands after physical contact with others.
If wearing gloves, always wash your hands after removing them.
Keep frequently touched common surfaces (for example, telephones, computer equipment, etc.) clean.
Try not to use other workers' phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment.
Minimize group meetings; use e-mails, phones (teleconference) and text messaging.
Limit unnecessary visitors to the workplace.
NASA Headquarters Pandemic Resources “The appendices listed below are from the NASA Headquarters Continuity of Operations(COOP) Plan. All information posted here is subject to change as additional Federal and/or Agency guidance is published.”