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The Honorable Tom Ridge Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security, talks with MAJ. GEN. Robert E. Duigan, Commander of 4th Air Force, prior to a tour of the Marine Operations Center Air run by the U.S. Customs Agency, at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2004. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Bill Kimble) (RELEASED)

The Honorable Tom Ridge Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security, addresses the news media from the podium at the Air and Marine Operations Center, run by the U.S. Customs Agency, during his tour of the facility at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2004. (U.S. Air Force PHOTO by MASTER SGT. Bill Kimble) (RELEASED)

Lieutenant General (LGEN) H. Steven Blum (foreground), CHIEF of the National Guard Bureau (CARNGB), joined US President George W. Bush and Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (SDHS), on a tour of the recovery mission in the New Orleans region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. (A3593)

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, right, and Undersecretary of FEMA Mike Brown, center, meet with Mayor Ray Nagin at the location of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meets with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meets with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meets with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meets with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff meets with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 4, 2005 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, second from left, and FEMA Undersecretary Michael Brown meet with members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces at the base of operations set up at the Saint's training facility prior to going out on the day's missions. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

A satellite transport terminal installed by members of Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, Department of Homeland Security, out of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey (NJ), sits next to the Vermillion Parish courthouse in Louisiana (LA)

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Washington, DC, October 6, 2005 -- R. David Paulison, Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response and Acting Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, testifies at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Hurricane Katrina: How is FEMA Performing Its Mission at This Stage of Recovery? Bill Koplitz/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Washington, DC, October 6, 2005 -- R. David Paulison, Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response and Acting Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, testifies at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Hurricane Katrina: How is FEMA Performing Its Mission at This Stage of Recovery?. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA., 10/17/2005 -- Mike Chappell and Jim Gunnel from Department of Homeland Security look at the temporary levee built in the 9th Ward neighborhood following Hurricane Katrina. FEMA photo/Andrea Booher

[Hurricane Wilma] Key West, FL, November 4, 2005 -- Members of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service stand watch at the Disaster Recovery Center set up next to the City Hall to help local residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Washington, DC, November 21, 2005 -- Acting Director of FEMA, R. David Paulison and Fran Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, meet at the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters with Secretary Chertoff to go over lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina. Barry Bahler/DHS

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 - Vice Admiral Thad Allen and Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security speak at a briefing regarding ongoing recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 - Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) answers questions regarding ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Washington, DC, February 13, 2006 -- Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Jackson, speaks at a FEMA all hands meeting to let FEMA employees know how DHS is going to streamline the disaster response and recovery process. To the right is R. David Paulison, the Acting Director of FEMA. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, February 13, 2006 -- Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Jackson, speaks at a FEMA all hands meeting to let FEMA employees know how DHS is going to streamline the disaster response and recovery process. FEAM/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, February 13, 2006 -- Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Jackson, speaks at a FEMA all hands meeting to let FEMA employees know how DHS is going to streamline the disaster response and recovery process. FEAM/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, February 13, 2006 -- Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Jackson, speaks at a FEMA all hands meeting to let FEMA employees know how DHS is going to streamline the disaster response and recovery process. FEAM/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - Undersecretary for Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, George Foresman (L) and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson (R) speak during an all hands meeting at the Joint Field Office in Baton Rouge. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - FEMA acting Director, David Paulison speaks at an all hands meeting in Baton Rouge at the Joint Field Office. Joining him on stage are (L-R) Undersecretary for Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, George Foresman and FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson welcomes Louisiana state and local officials and FEMA representatives to this Evacuation Planning Meeting. Also at the table are (L-R) Deputy State Coordinating Officer, Art Jones, State Coordinating Officer, Colonel Tom Kirkpatrick, FEMA acting Director, David Paulison, Undersecretary for Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, George Foresman and Louisiana Governor's Acting Representative, Colonel Jeff Smith. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - Louisiana state and local officials along with FEMA representatives conduct an Evacuation Planning meeting to address concerns and procedures for future hurricane evacuations. Dexter Accardo (OEP Dir, St. Tammany) on the microphone expresses concerns to (L-R) Deputy State Coordinating Officer, Art Jones, State Coordinating Officer, Colonel Tom Kirkpatrick, FEMA acting Director, David Paulison, Undersecretary for Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, George Foresman, Governor's Appointed Representative, Colonel Jeff Smith, and FEMA Deputy Director for Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson at the head table. Robert Kau

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006 -- R. David Paulison accepts the FEMA Director position at FEMA Headquarters. Behind him are Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson, Jr. who is now the deputy director and chief operating officer of FEMA, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, and Deidre Lee the new deputy director of Operations. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff announces President Bush's appointment of R. David Paulison as the Director of FEMA at FEMA Headquarters. Also appointed are l-r, David Maurstad as FEMA's Mitigation Division director, R. David Paulison FEMA Director, Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson, Jr. as the deputy director and chief operating officer of FEMA, and Deidre Lee who as deputy director of Operations. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff announces President Bush's appointment of R. David Paulison as the Director of FEMA at FEMA Headquarters. Behind him and appointed are l-r, David Maurstad as FEMA's Mitigation Division director, R. David Paulison Director of FEMA, Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson, Jr. as the deputy director and chief operating officer of FEMA, and Deidre Lee who has been name deputy director of Operations. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, announces President Bush's appointment of R. David Paulison as the Director of FEMA at FEMA Headquarters. Also appointed are l-r, David Maurstad as FEMA's Mitigation Division director, R. David Paulison as FEMA Director, Vice Admiral Harvey E. Johnson, Jr. as the deputy director and chief operating officer of FEMA, and Deidre Lee who as the director of Operations. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., April 14, 2006 - Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who is touring the Gulf coast areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, makes comments at Governor Haley Barbour's Press Conference. Preparation for the 2006 hurricane season is a key issue for the state and federal partners. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., April 20, 2006 - At a FEMA mobile home site, US Department of Homeland Security Chairman of Gulf Coast Rebuilding, Don Powell (center), speaks with FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer (DFCO), Jesse Munoz (right) as Mayor Matthew Avara (in white), Willie Monroe, FEMA Recertification worker, and others of Mr. Powell's staff observe. Mr. Powell and staff are here on tour of the Gulf disaster area. George Armstrong/FEMA

Georgia, May 2, 2006 -- FEMA Acting Director, R. David Paulison on the Department of Homeland Security airplane. He is making several stops in southern states to review FEMA preparedness for the coming hurricane season. DHS/Barry Bahler

Washington, DC, May 11, 2006 -- Michael Chertoff, The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, meets with FEMA employees at an all hands meeting at FEMA headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 11, 2006 -- FEMA Acting Director, R. David Paulison, introduces Michael Chertoff, The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, at an all hands meeting at FEMA headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-16-06 -- George Foresman, Department of Homeland Security, first Undersecretary for Preparedness, address the "Restoration 2006 Conference" on ways to prepare for disasters held at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel. Mr. Foresman spoke at the first of its kind conference providing local governments with the tools and know-how to better prepare and recover more quickly from disasters. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-16-06 -- George Foresman, Department of Homeland Security, first Undersecretary for Preparedness, converses with Daniel Fivecoat and Joe Napier with "JDH" on ways to better prepare for disasters at the DHS booth at the "Restoration 2006 Conference Trade Show" held at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel. Mr. Foresman spoke at the first of its kind conference providing local governments with the tools and know-how to better prepare and recover more quickly from disasters. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 17, 2006 - Partners at all levels of government, as well as tribal entities, non-governmental organizations and private industry, gather in Louisiana for hurricane preparedness exercises conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. These exercises, developed with FEMA, focus on disaster response functions, evacuations, sheltering and National Response Plan implementation. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-17-06 -- Bob Stephan, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Protection, takes part in an Preparedness Tabletop Exercise work group with FEMA and 1st responders from around the country at the Region VI Hurricane Preparedness Tabletop Exercise held in New Orleans. The Tabletop Exercise helps FEMA and 1st Responders better prepare for disasters in this two day facilitated exercise. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Washington, DC, May 23, 2006 -- Acting FEMA Director David Paulison (at Podium), (l-r)Secretary fo the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman, Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale, Admiral Timothy Keating and Lt. General Steven Blum participate in a press briefing on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-24-06 -- Joseph Matthews, Department of Homeland Security Emergency Manager, address Federal, State, Local, and Private entities at Hurricane Alicia's Full-Scale Exercise briefing to better prepare for pre-landfall and post-landfall response exercise held in New Orleans. The Exercise was held to help 1st Responders better prepare and respond to disasters, and to test communications, coordination between organizations, and moving people including special needs and elderly in this two day exercise. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, and FEMA Director David Paulison, tour the Touro Infirmary to see how the medical facility is prepared to deal with a hurricane. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, FEMA Director R. David Paulison, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, are briefed at the Touro Infirmary (Emergency Operations Center) EOC about hurricane emergency operations and the capabilities of the medical facility. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff with FEMA Director R. David Paulison, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, visit the "Times Picayune" Editorial Board and talk about Emergency Preparedness and Personal Evacuation Plans. The men were visiting the Gulf Coast to raise the public awareness of Hurricane Season. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, are briefed on the Army's rapid deployment of mobil communications systems. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, and FEMA Director David Paulison, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, visit the Morial Convention Center. This center will be used as a processing center to transport residents to safe evacuation centers in time of emergencies. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, is interviewed by CNN about hurricane preparedness. The group is sitting in one of the Busses used to evacuate hurricane Katrina victims. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Washington, DC, June 01, 2006 -- Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, introduces President George W. Bush at the US Chamber of Commerce where President Bush gave a speech on Immigration. DHS/Barry Bahler

Washington, D.C., June 8,2006 -- The Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, addresses FEMA employees at the swearing in of David R. Paulison as the new Director of FEMA. Barry Bahler/FEMA

Washington, DC, June 8, 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff (l), DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson (2nd from left), and R. David Paulison (3rd from left) and Mrs. Paulison(r). Mr. Paulison is being sworn in as the Director of FEMA at FEMA Headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 8, 2006 -- FEMA employees applaud as FEMA Deputy Director Vice Admiral Harvey Johnson (r) walks to the podium to introduce Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff (l), DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson (2nd from left), and R. David Paulison (behind Mr. Jackson). R. David Paulison is being sworn in as the Director of FEMA at FEMA Headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, D.C., June 8,2006 -- The new Director of FEMA, R. David Paulison, addresses employees after having been sworn in by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., August 29, 2006 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff addresses residents at Biloxi Hurricane Katrina memorial observance. On the podium (L to R): Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS), Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Michelle Miller-Freeck/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., August 29, 2006 -- Mississippi officials at Biloxi Hurricane Katrina memorial service. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS), Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), Senator Thad Cochran (R-D), Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway, Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Michelle Miller-Freeck/FEMA

Washington, DC, September 7, 2006 -- Admiral Allen, Under Secretary Foresman and Director Paulison as they testify before the Senate subcommitte on Appropriations For Homeland Security. "How prepared is the Department of Homeland Security for Disaster Response Today, Compared to One Year Ago?" is the topic. Barry Bahler/DHS

Washington, DC, Sept. 11, 2006 -- Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, talks to DHS employees at the Reagan Office Building to remember September 11, 2001. DHS is made up of several component departments: Directorate for Preparedness, Science and Technology (R&D), Management, Policy and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Other components of DHS are Operations Coordination, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the US Coast Guard and the US Sec

Atlanta, Ga., January 22, 2007 -- FEMA Region IV Director Phil May (left) watches as FEMA Director David Paulison speaks to FEMA employees via video teleconference. Mr. Paulison was discussing the reorganization of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Atlanta, Ga., January 22, 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison speaks to FEMA employees via video teleconference. Mr. Paulison was discussing the reorganization of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Atlanta, Ga., January 22, 2007 -- FEMA Region IV employees watch as FEMA Director David Paulison speaks via video teleconference. Mr. Paulison was discussing the reorganization of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- The Florida Bugaboo Fire still rages out of control in some locations. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- A helicopter drops a load of water on a area threatened by wildfire. The Bugaboo Fire in Florida is still being fought by firefighters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- A large tanker plane flies low over the forest on its way to a dump of fire retardant. The tanker is part of the effort to bring the Florida Bugaboo Fire under control. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- Firefighters look on as an area of fire rages out of control on Fairview Road. Efforts to extinguish the Florida Bugaboo Fire continue. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- Firefighters work to snuff out flare ups of the Florida Bugaboo Fire. The Bugaboo Fire still rages in some areas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- A helicopter (partially obscured by smoke) makes a water drop on a hot spot in the Florida Bugaboo Fire. Firefighters continue to work to bring the fire under control. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- The Florida Bugaboo Fire rages out of control as firefighters wait for a helicopter to bring a load of water. The effort to bring the fire under control continues. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Lake City, FL, May 15, 2007 -- A firefighter works to snuff out hot spots of the Florida Bugaboo Fire. The Bugaboo Fire still rages in some areas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized 5 Fire Management Assistance Grants between March 27th and May 10th 2007, to help Florida fight fires in 16 counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Charlton County, GA, May 17, 2007 -- Local firefighters fill their trucks with water from the Okefenokee Swamp before heading out to fight the Big Turnaround Fire. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized four Fire Management Assistance Grants between April 18 and May 10, 2007, to help Georgia fight fires in four counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Charlton County, GA, May 18, 2007 -- Firefighters have wrapped this historic property and installed an emergency sprinkler system to protect it from the Big Turnaround Fire. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized four Fire Management Assistance Grants between April 18 and May 10, 2007, to help Georgia fight fires in four counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Charlton County, GA, May 18, 2007 -- Dennis Hackett (yellow shirt), discusses the contingencies for evacuations due to the Big Turnaround Fire during a public briefing at the Charlton County Emergency Operations Center. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security?s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized four Fire Management Assistance Grants between April 18 and May 10, 2007, to help Georgia fight fires in four counties. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Alexandria, Virginia, May 22, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison (podium) speaks during a NOAA press conference at the beginning of Hurricane Preparedness Week. (l to r) Dave Paulison, podium, Anson Franklin, Director NOAA, Gerry Bell, National Weather Service, Bill Proenza, Director, National Hurricane Center, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lauternbacher (Ret.), Air Force Reserve and Michael Chertoff, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 21, 2007 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asks a question during a video teleconference with FEMA Administrator David Paulison. They heard reports from FEMA Regions I, II, IV and VI on state of Hurricane readiness. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 21, 2007 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff attends a video teleconference with FEMA Administrator David Paulison and Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson. They received reports from FEMA Regions I, II, IV and VI on state of their Hurricane readiness. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 13, 2007 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff addresses the news media after reviewing Louisiana's emergency preparedness plans with commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Joel R. Whitehead; Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison; Louisiana National Guard Major Gen. Benett C. Landreneau, The Adjutant General; Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco; Governor's Office of Homeland Security Acting Director Col. Jeff Smith; Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Gulf Coast Principle Federal Official Gil Jamieson. The presentation and press conference were at the Eighth Coast Guard District Offices

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (podium r) and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulision (podium l) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. With them on the stage are Federal, State and Local partners. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (podium r) and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulision (podium l) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. With them on the stage are Federal, State and Local partners. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (l) and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulision (at podium) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (l) and FEMA Administrator R. David Paulision (at podium) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (at podium) and FEMA Administrator David Paulison (fg right) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, January 22, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff (at podium) and FEMA Administrator David Paulison (fg right) roll out the National Response Framework (NRF) at the National Press Club. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Torrance County, NM, 05/06/2008 -- Jack Daniels, an Individual Assistance Officer from FEMA Region 6, marks a home as destroyed by the Trigo Fire that struck the Sherwood Forest subdivision in Torrance County during the week of April 28 - May 3, 2008. Daniels, representing FEMA, is part of a Preliminary Damage Assessment Team comprised of representatives from Torrance County, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State of New Mexico, and the U.S. Small Business Administration that conducted a survey of the damages on May 6th. FEMA photo by Win Henderson

Torrance County, NM, 05/06/2008 -- Two members of a firefighting Hotshot team stand back as a third member (center) finishes cutting down a pine tree still smoldering four days after fire devastated the Sherwood Forest subdivision in Torrance County. A team of representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State of New Mexico and Torrance County conducted a Preliminary Damage Assessment of the area on May 6th. FEMA photo by Win Henderson

Torrance Couinty, NM, 05/06/2008 -- Don Scott, Bureau Chief of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, State of New Mexico (left) goes over the site map of the Sherwood Forest subdivision that was burned by the Trigo Fire five days previously with Danny Hogsett, a construction analyst with the U.S. Small Business Administration. A Preliminary Damage Assessment team made up of representatives from Federal, State and County governments surveyed the fire damages on May 6th. FEMA photo by Win Henderson

Torrance County, NM, 05/06/2008 -- Members of a Preliminary Damage Assessment Team, conducting an overview of the Trigo Fire damages that destroyed numerous homes in the area between April 28 and May 3rd, go over some of the gathered documents prior to surveying the area. As Jack Daniels, an Individual Assistance Officer from FEMA Region 6 (2nd from left) shares information with another member of the team, those reviewing the documents are (left to right): Danny Hogsett and Joe Vasquez, construction analysts with the U.S. Small Business Administration; Don Scott, Bureau Chief, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, State of New Mexico; and Scott Snyder, Regional Director,

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Picher, OK, May 13, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, light blue shirt, talks with a mother and daughter who lost their home during the May 10 tornado in Picher, during his visit to the city. Flanking the Secretary on his left is FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison and far right, Oklahoma Governor, C. Brad Henry. Barry Bahler/FEMA

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA Administrator Paulison at the podium during a press conference at FEMA headquarters. FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government's preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. On the dais; L-R, Mr. James. J. Madon, Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System in the Department of Homeland Security, Major General Guy C. Swan III, Chief of Operations for Headquarters, U.S. Northern Command, Ms. Mary S. Elcano, Acting President and CEO, American Red Cross, Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, U.S.Coast Guard, FEMA Administrator David Paulison (at podium), DHS Secretary, Michae

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA Headquarters was concluded with a press conference, headed by: (l-r) US Coast Guard, Commandant, Thad Allen; Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff and FEMA Administrator, R. David Paulison. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Little Sioux, IA, June 12, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff consoles Dave Jacobs, the Food Manager at the Little Sioux Boy Scout Ranch in western Iowa that was hit by a tornado on Wednesday. Four scout campers were killed and over forty were injured. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids, IA, June 19, 2008 -- (L-R) FEMA Administrator, R. David Paulison; Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, discuss the flooding in Iowa, as they walk to Marine 1 to view the disaster from the air with the President. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids, IA, June 19, 2008 -- FEMA's Region VII Administrator, Richard Hainje, briefs President Bush, on the Iowa flooding, prior to an aerial tour. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff is on left, Iowa City Mayor, Regenia Bailey, hand on chin and Cedar Rapids Mayor, Kaye Haloran is on right. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids, IA, June 19, 2008 -- FEMA's Region VII Administrator, Richard Hainje, briefs President Bush, on the Iowa flooding, prior to an aerial tour. Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff is on left (light blue shirt) and Iowa City mayor, Regenia Bailey is on right (black sweater). Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids ,IA, June 19,2008 -- (L-R) FEMA Administrator, R. David Paulison; Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff and US Secret Service Agent, Bill Glady discuss what they observed during tours of Iowa flooding. Barry Bahler/FEMA

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff swears in Harvey Johnson, Jr., as Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a ceremony held at DHS Headquarters in Washington, DC. DHS photo by Mike Lutz

[Hurricane Gustav] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2008 -- Michael Chertoff Department of Homeland Security and Governor Bobby Jindal, along with State and Government officials meet with the press at the EOC in Baton Rouge to answer questions about Hurricane Gustav and how the State is preparing. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2008 -- Michael Chertoff Department of Homeland Security and Governor Bobby Jindal, State and Government officials meet with the press at the EOC in Baton Rouge to answer questions about Hurricane Gustav and how the State is preparing. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2008 -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Michael Chertoff Department of Homeland Security, along with State and Government officials meet with the press at the EOC in Baton Rouge to answer questions about Hurricane Gustav and how the State is preparing. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2008 -- Governor Bobby Jindal shakes hands Michael Chertoff Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, thanking DHS for all their fast and effective support during the preparations for Hurricane Gustav. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] New Orleans, LA, September 1, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Logistics Section Chief sitting with employee at the Joint Field Office(JFO) Baton Rouge. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Baton Rouge, LA, September 1, 2008 -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Secretary's Chief of Staff, Chad Sweet (center) discusses Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with FEMA's Emergency Support Force 9 (ESF-9) Director for Hurricane Gustav, Tim Gallagher (L) as Larry Contreras, of the Phoenix, Arizona SAR Team, AZ-TF1, listens. The Chief of Staff was working through the hurricane at the Joint Field Operations (JFO) with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Houma, LA, September 2, 2008 -- Michael Chertoff Secretary of Department of Homeland Security and Bill Ellis, Preparedness Analysis & Planning Officer FEMA, discuss with the Parish president Michel Claudet about the damages in Houma. Jacinta Quesada/FEMA