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Denton, Texas, October 14, 1963 -- A photograph taken during the construction of the Federal Regional Center in Denton Texas in 1963. The structure was the first of five structures of its kind, designed to protect federal officials from nuclear fallout

Denton, Texas, December 5, 1963 -- The kitchen in the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas, as it existed in December of 1963. The FRC was built in the early 1960s to provide shelter to federal officials in the event of a nuclear war. The kitchen was removed in 2009 to provide additional office space

Denton, Texas, December 5, 1963 -- The was the communications room of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas. The FRC was the first shelter of its kind. It was intended to provide shelter to federal officials in the event of a nuclear attack. The FRC was constructed before FEMA came into existence

Denton, Texas, December 31, 1961 -- Cement trucks deliver concrete for the lower level of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas in December, 1963. The FRC was operated by the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization, a FEMA predecessor

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

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)

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

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Carey, Ohio, September 12, 2007 -- Jim Sherwood, an hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) marks flood waterline on a local barbershop entrance in the center of town.The bronze plaque on the store owners entrance is a historical marker indicating the level of the 1981 flood. The USGS marks flood water levels around the town, especially close to the stream. John Ficara/FEMA

Battle Creek, Mich. , January 12, 1981 -- Photograph of the original building of the Civil Defense Administration where the Federal Civil Defense Administration was housed.

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

Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) was the 103rd inductee of Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) on May 8, 2014. Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. (Photo courtesy of Fort Leavenworth School of Public Affairs)

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014 - Tim Seidel, Director of FEMA Region VII Grants Managements Division, congratulates retired Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr who was the 103rd inductee into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF). The HOF honors "outstanding military and civilian leaders of the the Armed Forces of the United States who have served at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014 -- Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony of Major General, Fox Conner (deceased) and Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired). Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

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. 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

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

Tracy City, MO, May 10, 2007 -- Flooded Tracy City Park. Federal and State funds were used to buy this property after the 1993 Midwest Floods. Last week the park flooded again, this time with no damage to property. FEMA/Teri Mayer

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A resident looks through the back door of a home that is not flooded because it's protected by a levee of sand bags. The Red River of the North is flooding Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in boats go through Grand Forks neighborhoods flooded by the Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A flooded neighborhood with cars still floating due the flood waters from the Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded after the Red River flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 - Debris builds at the curbs as residents muck out their homes. Red River flood waters damaged many area homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 -- Debris from the interior of homes now lines the streets and residents wait for it's removal to a site or landfill. Many area homes were damaged as water from the Red River entered their homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a still flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks, the Red River and a flooded neighborhood. The Red River flooded the area. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the city.FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks and river. The Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks still flooded after the Red River came through town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded after the Red River came though town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in a boat go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Residents build up a sandbag levee as residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River of the North in Fargo, North Dakota. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents build up levees with sandbags as residents and volunteers prepare for the rising waters of the Red River of the North. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - Residents of Grand Forks muck out their homes and use pumps to remove water from basements. The Red River flooded and damaged many homes in the area with mud and water. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A resident looks at the mud and water still in his home. The Red River damaged many area homes with mud and water when the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker talks to a resident about the flooding damage to this neighborhood. The men are waiting for the Red River waters recede. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[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] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Newly filled sandbags are moved around by truck to a levee that's being raised. The entire community is working with volunteers to protect neighborhoods from the rising waters of the Red River of the North. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents and volunteers build a levee with sandbags to try and protect a neighborhood from the rising water of the Red River of the North. In less than 12 hours Grand Forks will be underwater. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker and a resident stand in mud talking. The Red River flooded many homes in the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 -- Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River flood waters came though the city. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Community Relations members talk to a resident about FEMA recovery help. FEMA CR workers canvas once flooded neighborhoods talking with residents and giving recovery information and contact phone numbers. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - This house was lifted by flood waters and came to rest on a car. Houses were moved off their foundations as the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- A resident watches a National Guard truck move through the streets of East Grand Forks evacuating residents as flood waters rise. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- Residents of East Grand Forks are helped into National Guard trucks as the city is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- These dikes and sandbags failed to stem the flow of water along the Red River of the North and it's tributaries. The U.S. Coast Guard provided major assistance to the response effort. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- National Guardsmen help an elderly lady into a truck as East Grand Forks is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged industrial area in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May , 1997 - Aerial view of Downtown Grand Forks and flooded streets. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- FEMA Director James Lee Witt speaks with a flood survivor in East Grand Forks, MN. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997-- Rep. Newt Gingrich speaks with a Minnesota resident about the flood relief efforts. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- Governor Arne Carlson, Rep. Newt Gingrich and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss discuss flood recovery efforts in the days following the Red River Flood. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- A FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) worker sets up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/30/1997 -- As the water finally recedes debris, that was carried by the water, litters neighborhoods. FEMA/Dave Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) workers set up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with residents who are mucking out their homes after the Red River of the North flooded the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Director, James Lee Witt, meets and talks with residents at a FEMA Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 - FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with a FEMA inspector. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - Debris builds up as residents muck out their homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and the flooded Red River of the North. The levee in the foreground was toped with sandbags but breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River with a berm levee that was breeched flooding a neighborhood. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. In the foreground are burned buildings. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- FEMA travel trailers in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and a bridge crossing the flooded Red River of the North. The levees that were protecting the city are breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - FEMA travel trailers are staged just outside of Grand Forks. 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 1997 -- Trash builds up on the street as residents of Grand Forks muck out their homes. 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

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks the flooded Red River of the North with burned buildings in the foreground. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] June 01, 1997, Grand Forks, ND - A FEMA official rides along on a search of flood waters in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] July 01, 1997, Grand Forks, ND, - FEMA officials talk with Grand Forks residents at the HUD money Dedication. 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

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