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HINDENBURG CRASH, 05/06/1937 (Disc 2)

Tornado - Concord, Ala. , May 4, 2011 -- To date, approximately 1. 5 million cubic yards of the debris has been removed from the affected areas. Operation clean sweep began to include 34 cities and 25 counties. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Countdown to calamity

Countdown to calamity
Countdown to calamity

Warwick and West Earl Townships, Pa., April 7, 2013 -- A sign on the Zook's Mill covered bridge in Lancaster County shows the level of Cocalico Creek at the peak of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. FEMA funds covered 75 percent of the $162,272 cost to repair the 164-year-old bridge from damage by Tropical Storm Lee Hurricane Irene in 2011

Joplin, MO, May 21, 2014 -- A quote from a survivor of the 2011 Joplin tornado is on a memorial stone at the Butterfly Garden located at Cunningham Park. The memorial was dedicated on the third anniversary of the F5 Joplin tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Joplin, MO, May 22, 2014 -- A small memorial for two victims of the F5 tornado that hit the city three years ago on May 22, 2011. These two lived in an apartment complex located on this corner at the time. The 3 year anniversary is being observed quietly and small memorials are popping up around the path of the tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Severe Storm ^ Tornado - Joplin, Mo. , June 25, 2011 - Volunteers collect debris along Duquesne Street, after an EF-5 tornado struck the cities of Joplin and Duquesne on May 22. - Photo by: Rossyveth Rey-Berríos/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Jopiln, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., July 12, 2011 -- Kim Cox, center, of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, speaks with community residents during a meeting about the recovery of the City of Joplin in the wake of the devastating tornado. Attendees posted comments on six information boards (housing, neighborhoods, environment and infrastructure, economic development, schools and community facilities, and sustainability and community vision). The meeting facilitated discussion about issues, assets and opportunities. FEMA photo Steve Castaner

Jefferson Parish, La., May 14, 2013 -- Woodmere Elementary was originally built in 1984 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. FEMA provided more than $22.4 million in funding to replace the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA

Portable medical support units are stored across the street from the Sigonella Naval Regional Medical Clinic. The units are for use in times of major disasters

Port Monmouth, N.J., March 1, 2013 -- Monmouth Cove Marina, a multi-service facility purchased by Monmouth County in 1990, is slowly recovering after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy in late October. Some rack storage is being utilized and work is ongoing to restore the remainder of the Marina. FEMA works with local, state and federal partners to assist with recovery in communities affected by disasters. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Aurora, Ill., July 23, 2013 --Paulette Coleman conducts a tutorial on online training for FEMA staff deployed in Illinois. FEMA supports educational opportunities and innovative career development for a fully trained workforce. Marquita Hynes/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, stand ready for the tidal surge that is still hours away. These homes were elevated to FEMA standards following the 1991 storm. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Public Information Office ED Conley (Left) talks with a staff member at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - A FEMA official and two children smile for the camera at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - A FEMA official with a child on his shoulders wearing FEMA hats smile for the camera at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 -- Destroyed emergency response vehicles located at 101 Murray Street in New York City following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center

St. Bernard Parish, La., June 29, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided over $1.7 million dollars to replace the St. Bernard Parish 9-1-1 Communications Center. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA

New Orleans, La., Dec. 14, 2008 -- Greater Gentilly High School, housed in the new Lake Area School, took the place of Lake Area Middle School, which was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Katrina. Greater Gentilly High School one of the ΓÇ£Quick StartΓÇ¥ schools was funded as a ΓÇ£capped alternate projectΓÇ¥ for the Recovery School District, meaning funds have been funneled from other facilities to pay for Greater Gentilly's construction costs. In all, FEMA obligated approx. $39.6 million to build the new school. Lillie Long/FEMA

St Bernard Parish, La., Sep. 21, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent more than $2.8 million to replace Gauthier Gym in St. Bernard Parish. The gym experienced over four feet of flooding and high winds which caused severe damage. Gioan Nguyen/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 -- New York City firefighters and emergency personnel conduct response operations at Ground Zero following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 -- New York City firefighters conducting response operations at the World Trade Center site

New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 -- The damaged Sphere at the site of the World Trade Center

Menlo Park, Calif., June 10, 2004 -- FEMA Fire Grant Funds used to conduct Confined Space Rescue Training in Menlo Park, CA

St. Bernard Parish, La., Aug. 11, 2008 -- To date, almost $30.7 million has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Davies Elementary School after Hurricane Katrina. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

New York, N.Y., Sep. 14, 2001 -- A New York City Transit official surveys damage to city vehicles following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

New Orleans, La., Feb. 2, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated more than $89 million in funding for repairs to New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board's Eastbank Sewerage treatment facility. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] Houston, TX, September 20, 2008 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Alberto Pillot is interviewed by KXLN-TV, a Spanish station, at the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center on Chimney Rock Road. FEMA has many Spanish translators at its DRCs to accommodate the large Hispanic population affected by Hurricane Ike. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Galveston, Texas, October 15, 2008 -- Debris continues to pile up at the Broadway Street dump site. The debris at this site will be compacted and then be moved to a permanent landfull. FEMA is paying for the debris pickup from Hurricane Ike. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm ^ Severe Storm - San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 3, 2000 -- Registration information Billboard in San Juan (Miramar) , Puerto Rico. As part of FEMA's partnership with the Private Sector, a FEMA Billboard went live in San Juan to promote the registration process for the benefit of survivors. Eliud Echevarria/FEMA Location:

Flooding - Minot, N. D. , June 24, 2001 -- State Emergency Response Team members, Jerry Pettys (right) and Amy Keeling are on a reconnaissance mission in the Oak Park neighborhood to check on telephone/power stations. Andrea Booher/FEMA

US Air Force (USAF) personnel and family members hold a candlelight vigil at McGuire Air Force Base (AFB), New Jersey (NJ), on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance to mourn the victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon disasters

During the mobilization for Operation NOBLE EAGLE, at the 192nd Fighter Wings Survival Recovery Center (SRC), Lieutenant Colonel Barker, USAF, (right), works with SENIOR MASTER Sergeant Leonard, USAF, (right) and others to coordinate an issue between the Base Command Post and the SRC. The SRC is activated during attacks and natural disasters. It collects and displays current data on damage, casualties, explosive ordnance, contamination, status or recovery action, and support to civil authorities. NOBLE EAGLE is a partial mobilization of the reserves for homeland defense and civil support missions in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center...

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Raymond Sherwood, 60th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), installs circuits on the new base warning system alarm at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA). The system will be used to notify all base personnel of any imminent danger from major accidents, natural disasters, enemy attacks or terrorist incidents

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides] Welch, WV, May 15, 2002 -- Allen Graybill of Hazard Mitigation works with Joyce Carlisle in the Disaster Recovery Office in Welch, West Virginia about damage her home sustained during the flash flood of May 2, 2002. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Atlantic Ocean, September 12, 2003 -- Satellite photograph of Hurricane Isabel east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. The Hurricane made landfall near Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina on September 18th as a Category 2 storm. NOAA New Photo

US Army (USA) Sergeant First Class (SFC) Michael May, Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG) on the radio as US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Dan Zent, Montana Air National Guard (MTANG) waits during their coordination of a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise at Ft. Harrison, Montana (MT). The joint exercise including both Army and Air National Guard personnel, are training to respond to natural and manmade disasters

A US Army (USA) Soldier from the Montana Army National Guard (MTARNG) stands watch with his 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle as a fellow Soldier prepares to don his Mission-Oriented Protective Posture response level 4 (MOPP-4) gear during a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise at Fort Harrison, Montana (MT). The joint exercise including both Army and Air National Guard personnel, are training to respond to natural and manmade disasters

A US Army (USA) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the Montana Army National Guard (MTANG) lifts off with a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) participating in a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise at Ft. Harrison, Montana (MT). The joint exercise including both Army and Air National Guard personnel, are training to respond to natural and manmade disasters

A Quick Reaction Force (QRF) of US Army (USA) Soldiers from the Montana Army National Guard (MTANG) unload a USA UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at a landing site during a Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise at Ft. Harrison, Montana (MT). The joint exercise including both Army and Air National Guard personnel, are training to respond to natural and manmade disasters

Washington, DC September 28, 2004 -- Members of the FEMA Public Affairs Office gather for the daily teleconference with the Disaster Field Offices and Joint Information Centers. L-R Carolyn Griffith, Brian Hvinden (hidden), Don Jacks, Michael Widomski, Lea Anne McBride, Cindy Taylor Ramsay, Sally Roundtree, Kevin Galvin, Aileen Cooper FEMA NewsPhoto/Bill Koplitz

US Army (USA) Colonel (COL) Robert Hudnall (left), Deputy CHIEF of STAFF Army National Guard (ANG) and Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias (FAHUM) Co-director, assigned to the US Army South (USARSO), and Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Commander (CDR) Kirton Huggins (right), Co-director, FAHUM, are interviewed by an unidentified New Anchor on set for the Morning Edition TV Channel 6 News prior to the start of Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005). FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are...

US Army (USA) Colonel (COL) Robert Hudnall (left), Deputy CHIEF of STAFF Army National Guard (ANG) and Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias (FAHUM) Co-director, assigned to the US Army South (USARSO), and and Tobago Coast Guard Commander (CDR) Kirton Huggins (right), Co-director, FAHUM, conduct a Radio interview on the Dale and Tony Show 95.5 FM, prior to the start of Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005). FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the...

An unidentified Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force Officer (left), and US Army (USA) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Robles (center), assigned to the US Army South (USARSO), meet with a Seminar Official, during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005). FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army South (USARSO) support personnel meet for a routing meeting during, the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army (USA) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) David Robles (background right), US Army South (USARSO) CHIEF Tactical Exercise Division, speaks to the seminar presenter during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Seminar presenters meet during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army (USA) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) David Robles (left), US Army South (USARSO) CHIEF Tactical Exercise Division, speaks to the seminar presenter during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army (USA) Major (MAJ) Armando Santos, assigned to the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) as Head Planner for the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005), meets with Military and Civilian Representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force, during at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the USSOUTHCOM are the hosts

US Army (USA) Major (MAJ) Armando Santos (seated left speaking), assigned to the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) as Head Planner for the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005), and US Army (USA) Colonel (COL) Robert Hudnall (background right), Deputy CHIEF of STAFF Army National Guard (ANG) and FA-HUM 2005 Co-director, meets with Military and Civilian Representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force, at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy atives from 22 countries are...

US Army South (USARSO) Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Mr. Kevin Sieling (foreground right), and Mr. Robert Skinner, US Embassy spokesman for Trinidad and Tobago (background right), conducts an interview with Power 102 FM radio Station live from the Cascade Hotel, during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command...

Participants from various delegations listen to a briefing during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard delegation exchange information during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants from various delegations fill out registration forms during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants from various delegations listen to general instructions during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army (USA) Major (MAJ) Armando Santos, assigned to the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) as Head Planner for the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005), speaks at the podium during a meeting held at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants from various delegations listen to a briefing during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants from various delegations listen to a briefing during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Trinidad and Tabago Defense Force Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Niel Bennett (foreground left) and US Army (USA) Major General (MGEN) John D. (Jack) Gardner (foreground right), Commanding General US Army South (USARSO), listens to a briefing during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants from various delegations congregate for informal meetings during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

US Army (USA) Colonel (COL) Robert Hudnall (left), Deputy CHIEF of STAFF Army National Guard (ANG) and Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias (FAHUM) Co-director, assigned to the US Army South (USARSO), speaks at the podium during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants attend a conference during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Participants view a panel discussion during the Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias Seminar 2005 (FA-HUM 2005) at the Port of Spain in Trinidad. FA-HUM 2005 is a humanitarian and disaster relief seminar focusing on regional collaboration, cooperation and mitigation of both natural and man made disasters. One hundred and seventy representatives from 22 countries are represented in the seminar, where the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) are the hosts

Shoppers stop by a FEMA booth to learn about disaster assistance programs and rebuilding techniques to reduce disaster damages. Here, a FEMA employee provides mitigation information and materials to a homeowner. Photo by Crispin Nery/FEMA.

A US Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety and Security Team (MSST) in a RHIB (Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat) from an amphibious transport dock ship, prepares to board a suspect vessel off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska (AK) during Exercise ALASKA SHIELD/NORTHERN EDGE '05. The exercise, the largest homeland defense/security exercise ever conducted in Alaska, is the first opportunity within the state to integrate local, state and federal government responses to simulated emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other mass casualty scenarios

US Army (USA) Private First Class (PFC) Keith Carter, Heavy-duty Engineer Operator, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 501st Infantry Battalion (INF BN), looks through the scope of his 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle for accurate sightings while securing the perimeter of the headquarters building at Fort Greely, Alaska (AK), during ALASKA SHIELD/NORTHERN EDGE. ALASKA SHIELD/NORTHERN EDGE 2005 is the largest homeland defense/homeland security exercise ever conducted in Alaska; the first opportunity within the state to exercise an integrated local, state, and federal government response to a series of simulates emergencies including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass casualty...

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - New Orleans, La. , August 29, 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina damaged 184 of the 200-plus building on the historic Jackson Barracks military campus which houses the Louisiana Army National Guard headquarters. More than 75 of the buildings were so severely damaged they had to be reconstructed, rather than repaired. FEMA obligated $110 million towards rebuilding Jackson Barracks. FEMA/Manuel Broussard

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - New Orleans, La. , August 29, 2005 -- The New Orleans Lakefront Airport, which was built in 1934 on the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain, incurred massive damage to all its facilities from Hurricane Katrina's impact. In the 1950's, the facade of the airport's administrative building was covered with concrete panels in an effort to harden the exterior for use as a fallout shelter. With the help of FEMA Public Assistance Program's improved project funding, and assistance from the Environmental & Historic Preservation program, the applicant has been able to restore the facade of the building to its original 1934 appearance. Photo by FEMA/ Manuel Broussard.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - New Orleans, La. , August 29, 2005 -- The New Orleans Lakefront Airport, which was built in 1934 on the south shore of Lake Ponchartrain, incurred massive damage to all its facilities from Hurricane Katrina's impact. In the 1950's, the façade of the airport's administrative building was covered with concrete panels in an effort to harden the exterior for use as a fallout shelter. With the help of FEMA Public Assistance Program's improved project funding, and assistance from the Environmental & Historic Preservation program, the applicant has been able to restore the facade of the building to its original 1934 appearance. Photo by FEMA/ Manuel Broussard.

[Hurricane Katrina] (August 31, 2005 New Orleans) -- Evacuees arrive at New Orleans airport where FEMA's D-MATs (Disaster Medical Assistant Teams) have set up operations. Photo: Michael Rieger/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 31, 2005 -- Pegay Peirson organizes medical suplies at New Orleans airport where FEMA's D-MATs (Disaster Medical Assistant Teams) have set up operations. Photo: Michael Rieger/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, September 3, 2005 - A member of the Texas Disaster Medical Assistance Team #4 guides recent evacuees from the floodwaters left behind by Hurricane Katrina across the tarmack and to the terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport. Thousands of stranded people are being airlifted by helicopter from the city to the airport. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, September 3, 2005 -- Members of a helicopter rescue crew help evacuees from the flooded city out of the aircraft as a member of the Texas Disaster Medical Assistance Team #4 guides them towards waiting transportation to the terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport. Thousands of evacuees are being rescued daily from the waters left behind by Hurricane Katrina. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pensacola, FL, September 2, 2005 -- A victim of Hurricane Katrina evacuated to Pensacola Florida and visited the Disaster Recovery Center here today. Like many, she lost everything. Photo by: Liz Roll

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, September 3, 2004 - An evacuee is escorted across the tarmack and to the terminal at Louis Armstrong Airport by a member of the Texas Disaster Medical Assistance Team #4 and a national guardsman. Thousands of people left stranded in the city by Hurricane Katrina are being airlifted to the airport by helicopter. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 2, 2005 -- The airport outside of the city center is a staging area for the Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and where residents imipacted by Hurricane Katrina are begin brought. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 9/03/05 -- Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina are transported to the airport where they will be given food and water, and get medical attention if required. The medical care is provided by FEMA's DMAT Teams (Disaster Medical Assistance Teams) who came from all over the United States to serve these victims. Photo by: Liz Roll

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 7, 2005 -- FEMA Disaster Medical Assistance team members wait for a blackhawk to land in order to get patients impacted by Hurricane Katrina to safety. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 8, 2005 -- FEMA Disaster veterinarians check a squirrel that was brought in after Hurricane Katrina. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Plaquemines Parish, La. , September 14, 2005 -- A 25 foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina wiped out the original Plaquemines Parish detention center and Sheriff's offices. It was a single story, 800-bed structure. It was declared 98% destroyed, making it eligible for replacement funding under FEMA's Public Assistance program. The new detention center is being built back on the same 70-acre original site and will have the same inmate holding capacity, but is being built 18 feet above the ground. This is being done to meet the elevation standards required by the new Digital Flood Information Rating Maps. Photo by FEMA/Manuel Broussard.

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., September 15, 2005 -- A FEMA representative helps a resident tele-register at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Gulfport, Miss. DRCs are established to help guide residents through the FEMA recovery process. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., September 15, 2005 -- FEMA opened a new Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Gulfport today. DRCs are established to help guide residents through the FEMA recovery process. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., September 16, 2005 -- Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) staff in Gulfport, Miss. DMORT is working in response to Hurricane Katrina. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Houston, TX, September 23, 2005 -- Signs on local roads direct disaster victims to the local (Disaster Recovery Center) or DRC. Houston houses thousands of evacuees from New Orleans. Photo by Ed Edahol/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pass Christian, Miss., September 19, 2005 -- Local kids get in a game of football as their mother gets assistance at the Pass Christian Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). DRC's are set up to help guide residents through the FEMA recovery process. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - New Orleans, La. , September 20, 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina significantly hampered operations at various Regional Transit Authority facilities across Orleans Parish. Due to considerable damages at their major operational, administrative and maintenance facilities, the RTA decided to prioritize the rebuilding of their Canal Street facility so that it could be used as a central point for all of their daily office functions. This facility is the first major building repair project completed by the RTA since Hurricane Katrina, and its restoration marks a milestone in their recovery efforts. Photo by FEMA/Manuel Broussard.

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., September 20, 2005 -- Registered Nurse Stephanie Lynn administers an innoculation to Rebecca Sanford at the FEMA Area Field Office (AFO) in Biloxi. Relief workers must be careful with serious diseases in disaster areas. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, 9-20-05 -- Disaster worker Dave Williams of the Brookeline Fire Fighters Brookline, Mo., watches the path of Hurricane Rita on his computer inside his tent at the rescue worker's dorm in a wharehouse. Disaster workers are living in dorms because the hotels are full and there is no other place to stay. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] September 22, 2004 Gulfport, Ms. Under Secretary Tom Dorr visits Gulfport DRC. Rural Development Under Secretary Tom Dorr, of the United States Department of Agriculture and DRC State Manager Dorothy Montgomery, visits with disaster victims at the Gulfport DRC. USDA Field offices sent representatives to various DRC in the affected areas to provide Katrina disaster victiims information about USDA assistance programs. Residents living in USDA Rural Development-financed apartments are receiving priority admission to any vacant USDA supported housing units in the US. John Fleck/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, 9-20-05 -- Disaster workers and displaced workers from Hurricane Rita bed down for the night in this dorm. Many Disaster workers must live in dorms like this because the hotels are full and there is no other place to stay. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 27, 2005 -- Utilities are being installed at this Emergency Group Site (EGS) in Hancock County, Miss. FEMA provides travel trailers for temporary housing in disaster areas. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 27, 2005 -- Utilities are being installed at this Emergency Group Site (EGS) in Hancock County, Miss. FEMA provides travel trailers for temporary housing in disaster areas. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 27, 2005 -- Utilities are being installed at this Emergency Group Site (EGS) in Hancock County, Miss. FEMA provides travel trailers for temporary housing in disaster areas. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 27, 2005 -- Utilities are being installed at this Emergency Group Site (EGS) in Hancock County, Miss. FEMA provides travel trailer for temporary housing in disaster areas. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

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