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A close-up view of the crack in the starboard weather deck of the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) sustained when the ship struck a mine on April 14, 1988. The cables are part of damage control efforts to keep the crack from spreading

A view of repair efforts being made on the public school by members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 62. Seabees are helping to rapair damage caused by Cyclone Uma

Lieutenant Steve Weingart, the damage control assistant aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), coordinates damage control efforts from damage control central during a general quarters drill. The drill is taking place during FLEET EX '90

Lieutenant Steve Weingart, standing, the damage control assistant aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), coordinates damage control efforts from damage control central during a general quarters drill. The drill is taking place during FLEET EX '90

Lieutenant Steve Weingart, second from left, the damage control assistant aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), coordinates damage control efforts from damage control central during a general quarters drill. At left is Hull Technician 2nd Class Jim Mason, the enlisted damage control assistant. The drill is taking place during FLEET EX '90

Lieutenant Steve Weingart, center, the damage control assistant aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), coordinates damage control efforts from damage control central during a general quarters drill. Beside him is Hull Technician 2nd Class Jim Mason, the enlisted damage control assistant. The drill is taking place during FLEET EX '90

Lieutenant Steve Weingart, second from left, the damage control assistant aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), coordinates damage control efforts from damage control central during a general quarters drill. At left is Hull Technician 2nd Class Jim Mason, the enlisted damage control assistant. The drill is taking place during FLEET EX '90

A workman stands by a demolished building in the village of Tuasivi on the island of Savaii during disaster relief efforts in the area. The building is one of many structures which sustained damage from Cyclone Ofa, which hit Savaii and the island of Upolu

Onlookers watch rescue workers maneuver equipment as they prepare to conduct rescue and relief efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

A U.S. Marine CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter prepares to deliver supplies during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marine unload supplies from a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines stand by boxes of supplies brought in to aid victims during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines bring in supplies during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines unload supplies from a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

A U.S. serviceman takes notes on the damage in the aftermath of Mount Pinatubo's eruption. The volcano, which came alive for the first time in over 600 years, forced the U.S. military to conduct Operation Fiery Vigil evacuation efforts of over 20,000 evacuees from Clark and Naval Station, Subic Bay

The library exhibits damage caused by the weight of ash from mount Pinatubo's eruption. The volcano, which erupted for the first time in over 600 years, forced the U.S. military to coordinate Operation Fiery Vigil evacuation efforts to remove more than 20,000 evacuees from the area

LT Michael Baumann coordinates damage control efforts from the bridge of the frigate USS CAPODANNO (FF-1093) during a mass conflagration exercise, part of their six-week refresher training course. During the "mass conflag," crew members simulate saving their ship after it has received massive structural damage

Members of the media gather around President George Bush as he meets with military personnel and civilians during his tour of the region. Bush is in Florida to assess damage and observe disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew

The guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) comes to the aid of Saudi container ship Saudi Hofuf in the Gulf of Oman, March 21, 1996. The Saudi Hofuf was rapidly taking on water and in danger of sinking due to a ruptured seal in the main spaces. The San Jacinto sent over a party of damage control men and engineers with equipment to aid in efforts to keep the ship afloat. Navy helicopters aided in evacuating non-essential personnel from the stricken vessel. USS San Jacinto is part of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) battle group

The guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) (right) and an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from the Nightdippers of Anti-Submarine Squadron Five (HS-5) come to the aid of the Saudi container ship Saudi Hofuf in the Gulf of Oman, March 21, 1996. The Saudi Hofuf was rapidly taking on water and in danger of sinking due to a ruptured seal in the main spaces. The San Jacinto sent over a party of damage control men and engineers who aided in efforts to keep the ship afloat. Navy helicopters aided in evacuating non-essential personnel from the stricken vessel. USS San Jacinto is part of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) battle group

MASTER Diver, US Navy Boatswains Mate CHIEF Donald Dennis, assigned as MASTER-Diver on board the US Navys salvage ship USS GRASP (ARS 51), checks "red diver's" EGS (Emergency Gas System) valve. Prior to every dive he checks his divers' equipment to ensure they are fully prepared for any unforseen emergencies during their hour-long mission 120 feet below. US Navy Damage Controlman 1ST Class John Frush is also stationed on Grasp and is filling the position of "primary tender" to help dress and undress each diver, and "tend" to the diver's "umbilical" life line. The Grasp is conducting "diving operations" around the clock in support of efforts to salvage wreckage and victims from the ...

Crystal Harris, a victim of the flood damage at Grand Forks, North Dakota, watches as Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole reports on the efforts to help Crystal through this crisis to Crystal's mother

Left side profile medium close-up shot of US Air Force STAFF Sergeants Rob Turner (Foreground) and Todd Geehan (Background), assigned to the 32nd Air Operations Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, prepare a Keen Sage aerial surveillance system, operated from a specially prepared C-130, for a flight over Southern Mozambique to search for stranded flood victims and to survey water levels and damage caused by the recent flooding (Not shown) in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 aircraft, are deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States Operation Atlas Response, humanitarian relief efforts and to fly daily, ...

Interior, left side profile, medium shot, as USAF STAFF Sergeants Rob Turner and Todd Geehan, assigned to the 32nd Air Operations Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, operate a Keen Sage aerial surveillance system from a specially prepared C-130 for a flight over Southern Mozambique, to search for stranded flood victims and to survey water levels and damage (flood victims and damage not shown) caused by the recent flooding in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 aircraft are deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States humanitarian relief efforts Operation Atlas Response and to fly daily Keen Sage aerial ...

Close-up shot as USAF STAFF Sergeant Rob Turner, assigned to the 32nd Air Operations Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, directs the aerial surveillance system camera by remote control during a Keen Sage, flight over Southern Mozambique. The camera is used to search for stranded flood victims and to survey water levels and damage (flood victims and damage not shown) caused by the recent flooding in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 aircraft they fly on, are deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States Operation Atlas Response, humanitarian relief efforts and to fly daily Keen Sage, aerial surveillance ...

Aerial view, long shot, looking down as water fills the streets of the town of Guiji near the Limpopo River in Southern Mozambique, forcing people from their homes to higher ground. C-130 aircraft (not shown), assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, fly daily Keen Sage aerial surveillance missions over Mozambique to help find stranded flood victims and survey damage caused by the flooding in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 aircraft are deployed to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States Operation Atlas Response humanitarian relief efforts

Aerial view, extreme long shot, looking down as water fills the streets of the town of Guiji near the Limpopo River in Southern Mozambique, forcing people from their homes to higher ground. C-130 aircraft (not shown), assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, fly daily Keen Sage aerial surveillance missions over Mozambique to help find stranded flood victims and survey damage caused by the flooding in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 aircraft, C-130 are deployed to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States Operation Atlas Response, humanitarian relief efforts

Aerial view, long shot, looking down as water fills the streets of the town of Guiji near the Limpopo River in Southern Mozambique, forcing people from their homes to higher ground. C-130 aircraft (not shown) assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, fly daily Keen Sage aerial surveillance missions over Mozambique to help find stranded flood victims and survey damage caused by the flooding in Southern Africa. The 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 (not shown) aircraft are deployed to Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, as part of the United States humanitarian relief efforts

US President George W. Bush visits the Pentagon to survey damage and commend the joint rescue and recovery efforts currently underway the following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The morning before, in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, then flew a circuitous route returning to Washington and impacting the Pentagon killing all 64 passengers onboard and 125 people on the ground. The impact destroyed or damaged four of the five rings in that section of the building

The hijacked airliner that slammed into the Pentagon September 11th caused massive damage to the building and killed 125 people, in addition to the 64 onboard the aircraft. Massive recovery efforts are underway by a variety of governmental agencies that included the 3rd US Army Infantry (the Old Guard) from Fort Myer, Virginia, the Military District of Washington Engineer Company, and the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The Pentagon was the third target of Al-Qaida, a group of fundamentalist Muslims. The others were, the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) and one unknown, when the passengers brought that aircraft down in a Pennsylvania field

US Air Force (USAF) SENIOR MASTER Sergeant (SMSGT) Charles R. Ware, assigned to the Communications Flight, Multimedia Center, 130th Airlift Wing (AW), videotapes flood relief efforts in the southern part of West Virginia (WV), after flood waters caused millions of dollars of damage and destroyed homes and businesses

US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (lower half) (RDML) William D. Crowder (left), Commander Carrier Strike Group 9 (CSG-9), and USN Captain (CAPT) David Lausmann, CVN 72 Executive Officer, survey damage along the coast of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, from the O-10 level onboard the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand in support of Tsunami Humanitarian Relief Efforts

US President George W. Bush listens as US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Sam Werschky, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB-1), describes the clean-up efforts underway at the 28th Street Elementary School in Gulfport, Mississippi (MS). President Bush is currently visiting the Gulf Coast region to assess the damage and disaster recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. The USN is currently involved in Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, meets with a local Civil Engineering contractor (second from left) during his visit to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., on Sept. 4, 2005, to meet with U.S. Air Force personnel, assess humanitarian efforts, and to survey the damage to the base caused by Hurricane Katrina. (DoD photo by TECH. SGT. Mike Buytas) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, meets with a U.S. Air Force Security Forces member (left) during his visit to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., on Sept. 4, 2005, to meet with U.S. Air Force personnel, assess humanitarian efforts, and to survey the damage to the base caused by Hurricane Katrina. (DoD photo by TECH. SGT. Mike Buytas) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, meets U.S. Air Force STAFF SGT. La Shawndra Singleton (right), who single-handedly helped stop a car jacking as a local gas station, during his visit to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., on Sept. 4, 2005, to meet with U.S. Air Force personnel, assess humanitarian efforts, and to survey the damage to the base caused by Hurricane Katrina. (DoD photo by TECH. SGT. Mike Buytas) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (second from left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, and U.S. Air Force GEN. Richard B. Myers (left), Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of STAFF, speak to displaced military family members, who have lost everything and are evacuating the area, during their visit to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., on Sept. 4, 2005, to meet with U.S. Air Force personnel, assess humanitarian efforts, and to survey the damage to the base caused by Hurricane Katrina. (DoD photo by TECH. SGT. Mike Buytas) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, exchanges coins with U.S. Air Force CAPT. Luna (left), Chaplain, during his visit to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., on Sept. 4, 2005, to meet with U.S. Air Force personnel, assess humanitarian efforts, and to survey the damage to the base caused by Hurricane Katrina. (DoD photo by TECH. SGT. Mike Buytas) (Released)

US President George W. Bush conveys his gratitude to US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Sam Werschky (center) and CHIEF Builder (BUC) Dan Walker, for the excellent work the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB-1), are accomplishing during the clean-up efforts underway at the 28th Street Elementary School in Gulfport, Mississippi (MS). President Bush is currently visiting the Gulf Coast region to assess the damage and disaster recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. The USN is currently involved in Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD)

Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) Major (MAJ) Jim Richburg (right), Mission Support SPECIALIST, 147th Fighter Wing (FW), TXANG, Ellington Field, Texas (TX), explains to USAF Colonel (COL) Earl Bell, CHIEF, National Guard Bureau-Domestic Operations (NGB J3) Counterdrug Division, what kinds of support the RC-26B Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft provided to the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts before a flight over New Orleans to survey the damage

US President George W. Bush conveys his gratitude to a Marine from the Federal Republic of Mexico, during the clean-up efforts underway at the 28th Street Elementary School in Gulfport, Mississippi (MS). President Bush is currently visiting the Gulf Coast region to assess the damage and disaster recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. The Mexican Navy is assisting the USN currently involved in Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD)

US Navy (USN) CHIEF Damage Controlman (DCC) Fred Clemmons (blue uniform), Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7), joins the discussion on ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts with US Army (USA) Major General (MGEN) William B. Caldwell, Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, at the Medical Center of Louisiana Charity Hospital in downtown New Orleans

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 21, 2005 -- Vice Admiral (VADM) Thad Allen, in charge of Katrina Recovery efforts, views damage left by the hurricane. VADM Allen was touring Hancock County, Mississippi. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, 9-25-05 -- President George W Bush takes time for a photo with FEMA Workers at the Joint Field Office. President Bush was in the area to gather first hand information from Admiral Thad Allen (background) about the recovery efforts of Hurricane Katrina and damage from Hurricane Rita. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush on a helicopter tour of the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coast. President Bush is on a tour to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush speaks with FEMA representative Meredith Chandler during his visit to the Waveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). President Bush is touring the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coasts to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush visits the Waveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). President Bush is touring the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coasts to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS, January 31, 2006 -- Nick Russo, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, briefs media on flood maps. Rebuilding efforts using these maps helps prevent damage in the event of a future hurricane. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS, January 31, 2006 -- Nick Russo, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer, briefs the media on FEMAs mitigation efforts to prevent damage in the event of a future hurricane. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Jerry Boster, Damage Control Assistant (DCA), uses the 1MC (general announcing system) to notify the crew of damage control efforts around the ship from Damage Control Central (DCC), during a general quarters drill. The REAGAN and embarked carrier Air Wing 14 (CVW-14) are currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf region, in support of the global war on terrorism

Onboard the US Navy (USN) Aircraft Carrier, USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), Damage Controlman Fireman (DCFN) Heath Neal, uses the 1MC (general announcing system) to notify the crew of damage control efforts around the ship from Damage Control Central (DCC), during a fire fighting drill. Sailors train to defend the ship and control battle damage during such drills. The KITTY HAWK is currently in port at Yokosuka, Japan

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Methuen, MA, May 19, 2006 -- Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency prelimniary damage assessment teams and local and state officials tour local areas from the back of a military truck in pouring down rain. Members of the local media accompanied the teams to explain to viewers the combined efforts of local, state and federal agencies. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Methuen, MA, May 19, 2006 -- Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency prelimniary damage assessment teams and local and state officials tour local areas from the back of a military truck in pouring down rain. Members of the local media accompanied the teams to explain to viewers the combined efforts of local, state and federal agencies. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Warren Grove Fire] Warren Grove, NJ, May 16, 2007 -- FEMA Region II Administrator, Steve Kempf and Forest Service, Bert Plante survey damage in Brighton on Barnet neighborhood. A fire management assistance declaration from was granted for the Warren Grove Fire burning in Burlington and Ocean Counties. The declaration triggers a way for federal funding to reimburse state and locals for firefighting efforts. Andrea Booher/FEMAA

[Warren Grove Fire] Warren Grove, NJ, May 16, 2007 -- Fire damage to home in the Brighton on Barnet neighborhood. A fire management assistance declaration from FEMA was granted for the Warren Grove Fire burning in Burlington and Ocean Counties. The declaration triggers a way for federal funding to reimburse state and locals for firefighting efforts. Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Warren Grove Fire] Warren Grove, NJ, May 16, 2007 -- FEMA Region II Administrator, Steve Kempf and Forest Service, Bert Plante survey damage in Brighton on Barnet neighborhood. A fire management assistance declaration was granted for the Warren Grove Fire burning in Burlington and Ocean Counties. The declaration triggers a way for federal funding to reimburse state and locals for firefighting efforts. It will allow fire fighters to do what they need to do to protect people and property and FEMA will help cover the costs. Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2008 -- Libby Turner, Federal Coordinating Officer, (FCO) for the Federal Emergency Management Office's (FEMA) recovery efforts in Georgia meeting with FEMA staff. Atlanta suffered damage after a tornado hit the city center. FEMA will provide help to individuals, businesses, and local governments for recovery. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

Gilmer County, WV, June 7, 2008 -- National Guard in trucks in West Virginia. As Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams canvas the area to determine the extent of damage caused by recent flooding, the National Guard assists in the cleanup efforts collecting debris placed at the curb by residents. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Sabine Pass, Texas, February 3, 2009 -- A house gets a 10ft. higher elevation lift in Sabine Pass. Rebuilding to current Texas building codes includes mitigation efforts to minimize property damage from future floods along the South Texas Gulf Coast. Mike Moore/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Chenier Plain, Texas, February 10, 2009 -- National Fish and Wildlife volunteers Glenn and Ann Moore help rebuilding efforts at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge which was directly in the path of Hurricane Ike, the refuge suffered extensive damage that will take years to rebuild; here, six months after the storm, the park is still only partially open to the public. Mike Moore/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Galveston, Texas, August 11, 2009 -- Employees of the DRC Emergency Services, LLC, a boat salvage company, look at the hull of a shrimp boat mired in the mud in Galveston Bay. The crane with the largest articulated hook of its' kind will be used to cut the hull before removing it from the bay . FEMA is working with State agencies and private contractors in the continued recovery efforts from damage due to Hurricane Ike. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Austell, Ga. , October 19, 2009 -- At a Cobb County home supply store, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist Maria Maldonado speaks with a flood affected resident. Mitigation outreach efforts include operating displays to inform those impacted by recent severe storms and flooding how to rebuild to reduce future damage. George Armstrong/FEMA

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Stonington, Conn. , April 6, 2010 -- Joe Bragaw, Director of Public Works (l) conferring with FEMA PA Specialist Justin Ratti (c) and other members of a joint local, state, and federal PDA team (r) and a local media crew in the basement the flood damaged Stonington Town Hall. Immediate mitigation efforts (minimizing further damages) such as removing wet wall-boards and damaged flooring, can be seen here. Damage assessment is one of the first steps in helping a community recover from a disaster. FEMA/Mike Moore

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Waterville, Mass. , April 20, 2010 -- A Waterville homeowner describing her efforts to minimize damage to her house while four foot wind-driven Assawompset Pond waves pounded her walls. The historic rainfall and spring storms battered and flooded homeowners across the state; high water remains in many places. FEMA/Mike Moore

Tornado - Atlanta, Ga. , April 28, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, Georgia Govenor Nathan Deal, Lt Governor Casey Cagle, GEMA Director Charley English, and Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson speak at a press conference held in the Georgia Emergency Operations Center to discuss the recovery efforts that are starting due to the damage from the tornados and storms that struck the southeast on April 27th. Deputy Administrator Serino explained FEMA's role in supporting the state and local organizations. FEMA photo / Tim Burkitt

Tornado - Atlanta, Ga. , April 28, 2011 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, Region IV RCD Director Jesse Munoz, and RSD Director Ginger Edwards participate in a teleconference held in Region IV's Emergency Operations Center to discuss deployment of FEMA resources to begin the recovery efforts due to the damage from the tornados and storms that struck the southeast on April 27th. FEMA photo / Tim Burkitt

Tornado - Walnut Valley, Ark. , May 7, 2011 -- Dave Winterle , a FEMA Community Relations specialist talks to a member of a local Walnut Valley church which sustained damage when a tornado ripped through the area. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to assist residents and communities in the rebuilding efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Tornado - Walnut Valley, Ark. , May 7, 2011 --Dave Winterle and Mary Ellen Murchison,FEMA Community Relations (CR) specialists talk with a member of a local Walnut Valley church that sustained damage when a tornado ripped through the area. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to assist residents and communities in their rebuilding efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Tornado - Walnut Valley, Ark. , May 7, 2011 -- Dave Winterle, a FEMA Community Relations specialist talks with members of a local Walnut Valley church which sustained damage when a tornado ripped through the area. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to assist residents and communities in their rebuilding efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Flooding - Jackson County, Ark. , May 9, 2011 --Residents of the Pennington Community fill sand bags which will be used on a levee to stop water from the Cache River from coming into their house. FEMA is supporting the state and local efforts to minimize the damage of flooding from the Mississippi River. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , July 3, 2011 -- Flood damage Minot North Dakota. FEMA is supporting local and state efforts in flood fighting measures. Photo by: David Valdez/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm ^ Severe Storm - Montpelier, Vt. , September 1, 2011 -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Relations Specialists Toby Rice (left) and Hank Allen (right) discuss outreach strategy. They are deployed in support of recovery efforts following the heavy rains and flooding that accompanied tropical storm Irene, which struck the state on August 28, causing extensive damage. Rice and Allen are tasked with providing information to the public and gathering information from the field as part of FEMA's response. FEMA/Savannah Brehmer

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- Media crews wait patiently after setting up their gear in a staging area at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune before a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), speaks at the press conference to update the governor and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA leadership prepares for a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor ChristopherJames "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), tapes "press cables" before he speaks at the governor's press conference to update the media and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist disaster survivors, the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA leadership prepares for a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), confers with Phyllis Deroian, External Affairs Officer, before Mr. Vogel attends the press conference to update the media and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- Patricia Brach (left), JIC Assistant External Affairs Officer (AEAO), and Brad Craine, FEMA Public Information Officer, greet New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie as he arrives for a press conference at the FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), speaks at the news briefing and updates the governor and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist disaster survivors, the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA prepares for a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. Greg Sharkey, Lead Security Manager, tapes "press cables" before the governor's press conference regarding the ongoing efforts of the state, local governments and FEMA to assist disaser survivors following the flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- Media crews set up in a staging area at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune before a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), speaks at the press conference to update the governor and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA team attends a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), confers with Phyllis Deroian, External Affairs Officer, before he attends the press conference to update the media and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA leadership prepares for a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), speaks with Phyllis Deroian (off camera), FEMA External Affairs Officer, before he speaks at the governor's press conference to update the governor and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist disaster survivors, the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Neptune, N. J. , September 6, 2011 -- FEMA leadership attends a press conference hosted by New Jersey Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie at a FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) in Neptune. William "Bill" Vogel, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), is invited by Govenor Christie to speak at rhe press conference to update the media and the public about the ongoing efforts of FEMA to assist disaster survivors, the state and local governments in their response to flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Wildfire - Bastrop County, Texas, September 7, 2011 -- Wildfire damage to a home in Bastrop County, Texas. FEMA is providing assistance to state firefighting efforts through Fire Management Assistance Grants. Photo by Jacqueline Chandler/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Howell, N. J. , September 28, 2011 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Bill Vogel speaks at a press conference held by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to assure disaster survivors who suffered damage to their homes as a result of Hurricane Irene that FEMA will support the state in its disaster response and recovery efforts. FEMA works closely with the state and local governments to make sure disaster survivors receive the assistance they need and to which they are legally entitled. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Howell, N. J. , September 28, 2011 -- Congressman Christopher Smith's District 4 Director Pidge Carroll listens to Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Bill Vogel speak at a press conference held by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Guadagno assures disaster survivors who suffered damage to their homes as a result of Hurricane Irene that FEMA will support the state in its disaster response and recovery efforts. FEMA works closely with the state and local governments to make sure disaster survivors receive the assistance they need and to which they are legally entitled. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Howell, N. J. , September 28, 2011 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Bill Vogel speaks at a press conference held by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Guadagno wants to assure disaster survivors who suffered damage to their homes as a result of Hurricane Irene that FEMA will support the state in its disaster response and recovery efforts. FEMA works closely with the state and local governments to make sure disaster survivors receive the assistance they need and to which they are legally entitled. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm ^ Severe Storm - Wimington, Vt. , September 30, 2011 -- Richard Harsinger, Mitigation Specialist, Alice Herrick, Wilmington Town Zoning Administrator and Health Officer, and Michael Harris, Mitigation Specialist document damage to buildings left by Tropical Storm Irene. Mitigation efforts work to build safer communities and reduce loss of life and property. Photo by Wendell A. Davis, Jr. /FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- David Myers (left), Director of DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, listens to FEMA Community Relations staffer Pierre Atilio-Ekwa who is helping support community recovery efforts after June's Souris River flooding. Myers was in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by the flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Velva, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan listens to Velva Staging Area Manager Linwood Gantt's concerns during a recent site visit. Finegan was in the Minot area meeting with faith-based groups and viewing recovery efforts after the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Velva, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan surveys the 360 mobile units at the Velva Staging Area 22 miles east of Minot. Finegan was in the Minot area meeting with faith-based groups and viewing recovery efforts after the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan (left) moves a mattress at the Responder Base Camp in Minot, accompanied FEMA External Affairs Executive Officer Megan Floyd. Finegan spent several nights at the camp meeting with the responders while in the Minot area addressing faith-based group concerns and viewing recovery efforts after the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, asks Wyoming truck driver Georgia Sandy about recovery efforts at the Virgil Workman Village in Minot. Myers was in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 11, 2011 -- FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan toured the Responder Base Camp in Minot, accompanied by David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Finegan and Myers were in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and viewing recovery efforts after the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 12, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, addresses recovery efforts with Construction Manager Terry Haider (left) and volunteer Dean Kirst with Lutheran Disaster Services, who are helping to clean and "muck out" a flooded Minot home. Myers was in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 12, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan, learn about disaster recovery efforts while attending a meeting with local volunteers at the Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot. Myers and Finegan were in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 12, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, hears about recovery efforts with Rhonda Thompson, Ward County Coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response, who is helping volunteers to clean and "muck out" a flooded Minot home. Myers was in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 12, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, addresses a Minot Community Organization Active in Disaster meeting about recovery efforts at Minot's Vincent United Methodist Church. Myers was in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , October 13, 2011 -- David Myers, Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and FEMA Region VIII Administrator Robin Finegan, discuss disaster recovery efforts during a tour of a flooded home in Minot. Through the window behind them, all that remains of a neighbor's home is a standing doorway flying an American flag. Myers and Finegan were in Minot meeting with faith-based groups and surveying the damage caused by June's Souris River flooding. Photo by Cynthia Hunter/ FEMA

Severe Storm ^ Winter Storm - Somers, Conn. , Nov. 8, 2011 -- Downed trees and power lines block Plymouth Drive in the aftermath of the late October snowstorm (also known as Storm Alfred). FEMA is assisting in recovery efforts and is also conducting damage assessments. Photo by Norman Lenburg/FEMA

Severe Storm ^ Winter Storm - Somers, Conn. , Nov. 8, 2011 -- Downed trees litter the New West Cemetery in the aftermath of a late October snowstorm (also known as Storm Alfred). FEMA is assisting in recovery efforts and is also conducting damage assessments. Photo by Norman Lenburg/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Massapequa, N. Y. , Dec. 21, 2011 -- New carpeting is installed in a home after flood damage from Hurricane Irene. Long Island residents are still recovering, and FEMA continues to aid their efforts. Crow Jonah Norlander/FEMA

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