Jerome was the head of the Department of Infrastructure one year after Emergence Day. He attended a cabinet meeting where ChairmanRichard Prescott announced that he would use the Hammer of Dawn against all Locust-controlled areas on Sera and that three days were being given for people to evacuate to the Jacinto Plateau. Jerome informed Prescott that there was no way they could accommodate that many people on the Plateau, and joined in with the others in their disbelief and horror at the idea. Prescott told them that nothing would change his mind, and that this was their only choice. He then left the meeting to allow Jerome and the others to come to terms with the situation.