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[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] LaPlace, La., October 8, 2005 - Dan Waldman (left), jobless as a high school teacher at Signature Centers High School in New Orleans when it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina, has been hired by FEMA and is now at the LaPlace Disaster Recovery Center, 160 Belle Terre, and is in training to become a DRC manager. He is a mamber of the "Teach For America" program that places new teachers into inner city and low-income area schools around the nation. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] LaPlace, La., October 8, 2005 - Ashley Kusick (right), a high school teacher left without a job when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, has been hired by FEMA and is now in training to become a Disaster Recovery Center manager at the LaPlace DRC at 160 Belle Terre; her old school, Landry High School in New Orleans, is also now a DRC. Ashley is a member of the "Teach For America" program that secures employment for new teachers in inner city schools around the nation. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Thibodaux, La., October 8, 2005 - Evan Smith (left), a former Social Studies teacher at Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, was left without a job when Hurricane Katrina struch the city, has been hired by FEMA and is now at the Thibodaux Disaster Recovery Center, 508 St. Mary Street where he is in training to become a DRC manager. Evan is a member of the "Teach For America" program that places new teachers into inner city and low-income areas throughout the country for two year assignments. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] LaPlace, La., October 8, 2005 - Ashley Kusick (right), a high school teacher left without a job when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, has been hired by FEMA and is now in training to become a Disaster Recovery Center manager at the LaPlace DRC at 160 Belle Terre; her old school, Landry High School, is also now a DRC. Ashley is a member of the "Teach For America" program that secures employment for new teachers in inner city and low-income area schools around the nation. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] LaPlace, La., October 8, 2005 - Dan Waldman (left), left without a job as a high school teacher at Signature Centers High School in New Orleans when it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina, has been hired by FEMA and is now at the LaPlace Disaster Recovery Center, 160 Belle Terre, and is in training to become a DRC manager. He is a member of the "Teach For America" program that places new teachers into inner city and low-income area schools around the nation. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Thibodaux, La., October 8, 2005 - Evan Smith (left), a former Social Studies teacher at Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, left without a job when Hurricane Katrina struch the city, has been hired by FEMA and is now at the Thibodaux Disaster Recovery Center, 508 St. Mary Street where he is in training to become a DRC manager. Evan is a member of the "Teach For America" program that places new teachers into inner city and low-income areas throughout the country for two year assignments. Win Henderson / FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Houston, TX, October 27, 2005 - Armin Goerper of ZDF German Television, interviews Charley Henderson, Public Information Officer (PIO) lead, and Paul Ferris, a manager of the super Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Producer Annette Brieger looks on. International media is managed by FEMA PIOs. Photo by Ed Edahl, FEMA

[Hurricane Wilma] Islamorada, FL, November 3, 2005 -- FEMA Individual Assistance specialist, Brenda Gabaldon, DRC manager, goes through paperwork at the Disaster Recovery Center at the San Pedro Catholic Church. The center has various state and federal representatives available to discuss different forms of assistance available to residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Wilma] Islamorada, FL, November 3, 2005 -- FEMA Individual Assistance specialist, Brenda Gabaldon, DRC manager, goes through paperwork at the Disaster Recovery Center, set up at the San Pedro Catholic Church. The center has various state and federal representatives available to discuss different forms of assistance available to residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Wilma] Big Pine Key, FL, November 5, 2005 - Roberto Estrada, right, FEMA Assistant Manager for the Disaster Recovery Center set up at the Habitat for Humanity Home Center checks numbers for residents who are called to see representatives from a variety of agencies that are onsite to help residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Wilma] Big Pine Key, FL, November 5, 2005 -- Roberto Estrada, right, FEMA Assistant Manager for the Disaster Recovery Center at the Habitat for Humanity Home Center, checks the number for Raymundo Arroliga, who's number was called. He will now see representatives from a variety of agencies that are at the center to help residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Wilma] Big Pine Key, FL, November 5, 2005 -- Roberto Estrada, FEMA Assistant Manager for the Disaster Recovery Center at the Habitat for Humanity Home Center calls out a number for the next resident waiting to see representatives from a variety of agencies that are at the center to help residents affected by Hurricane Wilma. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Houston, TX, November 6, 2005 -- Angela Stapleton, Manager of the Houston DRC Individual Assistance, addresses members of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church from New Orleans at a reception FEMA hosted at the First Baptist Church of Houston to explain programs and benefits. FEMA CR staff organize many community events to get information to potential clients. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Bogalusa, LA November 14, 2005 - Joey Stalzer, a "Teach for America" educator now working for FEMA as a Disaster Recovery Center manager in Washington Parish. Hurricane Katrina shut down his New Orleans middle school just as the school years was getting under way. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Waveland, Miss., January 10, 2006 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Michael Raphael (left) speaks with the assistant manager of the Waveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA DRCs are opened to give applicants a place to ask questions about their FEMA recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Shawnee, OK, January 18, 2006 -- Oklahoma State Emergency Manager Steve Palladino tracks one the many fires that broke out today in Oklahoma. Since November over 400,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with Eula Jane Holaday about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with Chris Needles about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with an elderly lady about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with Eula Jane Holaday about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with Clara Bailey and Carol and Chris Thomas about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with Eula Jane Holaday about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Severe Wildfire Threat] Mustang, OK, January 21, 2006 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Sam Garcia and Bob Noltensmeyer and Oklahoma Emergency Manager Michelann Ooten talk with an elderly lady about assistance available to those affected by the recent wildfires. Bob McMillan/ FEMA Photo

[Hurricane Katrina] Tylertown, Miss., March 21, 2006 -- Walthall County Emergency Manager Roland Vandenweghe (left) and Enon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Al "Sonny" Boyd (right), discuss plans for the proposed, alternative evacuation route for New Orleans residents that will eventually go directly through Tylertown. Walthall County, population 15,000, mounted a model response to Katrina: cooperative, resourceful and effective. Sally Mendzela/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 1, 2006 - John Labrune, FEMA Mitigation Manager, provides an overview of Mitigation activities and programs to the FEMA/MEMA Biloxi Joint Field Office (JFO) External Affairs(EA)staff. EA staff are being briefed on the work of other FEMA/MEMA Sections so they will know how the pieces fit together and can explain the process. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 10, 2006 - Van Richardson, Manager of the Interfaith Disaster Task Force of South Mississippi prepares to load donated sheetrock for a homeowner who is rebuilding their home with the help of faith-based volunteers. The demand for supplies sometimes exceeds 300 orders daily. Sally Mendzela/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Dyersburg, Tenn., April 10, 2006 -- Skip Zuber, manager of FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) assists two clients as they visit the DRC "one-stop" help center. The DRC provides applicant assistance in filing for assistance from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, and other federal and state programs. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA Photo

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Caruthersville, MO, 4-11-06 -- FCO Tom Costello(r) talks with Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) manager Barbara Banks and Buck Katz, Special assistant to the FCO at the DRC in Caruthersville, MO. Costello was in town to attend a breifing on temporary housing. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Caruthersville, MO, 4-19-06 -- John Allison, the site manager for the temporary housing units, leads the first manufactured home into the staging area in Caruthersville, MO. Temporary housing is being provided to residents who lost their homes when a tornado hit the town on April 2, 2006 Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Caruthersville, MO, 4-19-06 -- Diane Sayre, the mayor of Caruthersville, MO discusses the shipping contract for manufactured homes with John Allison, the FEMA site manager. The manufactured homes are being brought to Caruthersville, MO to provide temporary housing for residents whose homes were damaged by a tornado that hit the town on April 2, 2006. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Pascagoula, Miss., April 20, 2006 - Don Powell, US Homeland Security Chairman of Gulf Coast Rebuilding, Clay Williams, field representative of Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), and Jodey Arrington (right), Mr. Powell's Chief of Staff, meet with Mayor Matthew Avara and City Manager, Kay Kell. Mr. Powell and staff are touring the Gulf coast disaster area. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Lebanon, ME, May 20, 2006 -- York County Emergency Manager Tom Cravens, left speaks to Dorothy Hamory who is with the Federal Emergency Management Agency preliminary damage assessment team. Damage assessments were being done in areas to determine if federal assistance will be available to residents. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[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] Lucedale, Miss., June 21, 2006 -- A Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) Public Information Officer, Pete Garcia, talks with Larry Shirley, owner and general manager of radio station WRBE. Michelle Miller-Freeck/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Germantown, MD, June 27, 2006 -- FEMA Broadcast Operations Manager Paul Luke shoots video of flood waters and damage along Seneca Creek as record rains continue to fall across the Mid-Atlantic region. Aaron Skolnik/FEMA

[Earthquake] Honolulu, HI, November 9, 2006 -- Young Brothers Planning Manager Jeffrey Low facilatates a tour with a Mitigation Inspection team lead by FEMA's Diane Earl and State of Hawaii's Gary Greenly. The FEMA sponsored generator powers specialized cooling containers that keep the perishable suppy from spoiling after recent earthquakes shut down power to pier 39. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA.

[Hurricane Katrina] WWL-TV in Gretna, Louisiana was able to broadcast uninterrupted throughout Hurricane Katrina. The construction manager designed the building specifically to withstand high winds and flooding. Notice that the equipment is elevated and that the space under the building can now be used as parking space. Photo by FEMA.

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Lady Lake, FL, February 12, 2007 -- Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Jesse Munoz (right) shares a light moment with the manager at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lady Lake. FEMA has set up DRCs in the areas affected by the recent tornadoes in central Florida. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] HOPE, AR, March 10, 2007 -- Rick Kelley, Southwest Area Coordinator with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and James H. Smith, Jr., a Federal Surplus Property Manager, document the serial number on one of 23 mobile homes, going to Dumas, AR, to house residents recently left homeless by tornadoes, as the unit is connected onto a tractor trailer rig. FEMA Photo by Win Henderson

HOPE, AR, March 10, 2007 -- Three representatives of the agencies involved in the transfer of 23 mobile homes and seven travel trailers from the federal government to the State of Arkansas, for use by Dumas area residents recently left homeless by tornadoes, certify one of the units. they are: James H. Smith, Jr., a Federal Surplus Property Manager; Rick Kelley, Southwest Area Coordinator with the Arkansas Department of Emergency bManagement; and Stephen Smith, Emergency Housing Unit Supervisor, FEMA. FEMA Photo by Win Henderson

Oakland, CA, March 27, 2007 -- Geneva Coleman, FEMA's National Community Relations Program Manager explains the special needs and strategies of CR to emergency mangers at the National Community Relations Conference. The three day conference focused on strengthening communications techniques for community relations operations and officers. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Great Bend, KS, May 27, 2007 -- Ava Hagen, Manager of FEMA's Mobile Disaster Recovery Center #2, and Disaster Assistance Employee Bob Miller prepare a sign on their first day in Barton County. Central Kansas has multiple disaster declarations due to numerous tornadoes and heavy storms this month. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Rosendale, MO, 6-30-07 -- Velma Baxter talks with FEMA Community Relations Specialists Luis Miranda and Chad McCormick, and Rosendale Emergency Manager Joe Thomas. Community Relations Specialists are in the flood damaged area to let people know about Disaster Recovery Centers opening up and registering for FEMA aid that may be available to them under the Individual Assistance Program. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Rosendale, MO, 6-30-07 -- Rosendale Emergency Manager Joe Thomas and FEMA Community Relations Specialist Chad McCormick talk with Margaret Nickels whose home was flooded. Community Relations Specialists are in the flood damaged area to let people know about registering for FEMA aid that may be available to them under the Individual Assistance Program. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Mound City, MO, 6-30-07 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Curtis Knight and Susan Peterson talk with DRC Manager Carol Larson at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) while TV Cameraman Norman tapes them for the evening news. Disaster Recovery Centers are opening up in the flood damaged area so applicants can get information and help with their applications. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo.

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Kingfisher, OK, August 19, 2007 -- Kingfisher vice Mayor Steve Richards and City Manager Richard Reynolds talk with FEMA PIO Charles Henderson at City Hall after a press briefing. FEMA's Individual Assistance Program has grants and other aid available to help flood victims recover from floods. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Winona, MN, August 30, 2007 -- Rick Larkin, the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) site manager talks with Edward G. Buikema, FEMA Region V Regional Administrator in Winiona, MN. FEMA is working with state and local representatives in Minnesota which was affected by flooding. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Bucyrus, Ohio, August 30, 2007 -- Crawford County, Ohio Emergency Manager Tim Flock briefing FEMA Community Relations (CR) team members Marilyn Cortes and Choudhry Hussain. FEMA community relations staff assist local emergency managers in the rapid and accurate delivery of both local and FEMA disaster related information. Mike Moore/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Winona, MN, August 30, 2007 -- Dan Larkin the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) site manager shows Region V administrator Edward G. Buikema a message board listing services and goods available for flood victims. FEMA is working with state and local representatives in Minnesota to help them recover from recent flooding. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Rushford, MN, August 30, 2007 -- Sam Kniston, FEMA DRC manager shows Edward G. Buikema, FEMA Region V Regional Administrator, a report listing the number of applicants who have come to the DRC in Rushford. FEMA is working with individuals, state and local representatives to help them recover from the floods. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Watonga, OK, September 6, 2007 -- Bob Oler, Watonga Airport Manager, salvages material from the debris pile created after a tornado hit the airport. FEMA has Public Assistance programs available to help State and local governments recover costs from storm damages. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Rita] LAKE CHARLES, LA, September 24, 2007 -- Federal, state and local officials participate in breaking ground for the new terminal building at the Lake Charles Regional Airport. The new facility replaces one destroyed two years ago by Hurricane Rita. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing more than $2.7 million for the project. From left to right: Louisiana Department of Transportation Aviation Program Manager David Slayter; Federal Aviation Administration Division Manager Kelvin Solco; Airport Consultant Brad Kutchins; FEMA Director Transitional Recovery Office Jim Stark; Calcasieu Parish Administrator Mark McMurry; Louisiana GOHSEP State Coordinating Offi

[Severe Storm, Flooding] Rancho Bernardo, CA, October 27, 2007 -- FEMA Region 9 Administrator, Nancy Ward and Local Assistance Center Manager, Debra Fischle-Faulk tour center where fire impacted residents can get State and Federal disaster assistance following the devastating San Diego fires. Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Wildfires] Rancho Bernardo, CA, October 27, 2007 -- FEMA Region 9 Administrator, Nancy Ward, and Local Assistance Center Manager, tour center where fire impacted residents can get State and Federal disaster assistance following the devastating San Diego fires. Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Wildfires] March Air Force Base, CA, November 20, 2007 -- Don Chapman, left, a contractor with CH2M Hill, Inc., Deborah Maggard, FEMA deputy site manager for mobile home inspections, Don Keller, of Babcock Services (FEMA sub-contractor to CH2M Hill, Inc.), and Anthony Johnson, a FEMA Individual Assistance liaison, discuss the inspection of the first mobile home slated for use in the aftermath of the devastating wild fires. The kitchen cabinets were tied shut for transport to the base. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

[Wildfires] March Air Force Base, CA, November 20, 2007 -- Deborah Maggard, FEMA deputy site manager for mobile home inspections examines system units inside the first mobile home slated for use in the aftermath of the devastating wild fires. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

[Wildfires] March Air Force Base, CA, November 20, 2007 -- Deborah Maggard, FEMA deputy site manager for mobile home inspections and Anthony Johnson, a FEMA Individual Assistance liaison, review mobile home inspection criteria after inspecting the first mobile home slated for use in the wake of the wild fires in Southern California. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

[Wildfires] March Air Force Base, CA, November 20, 2007 -- Deborah Maggard, FEMA deputy site manager for mobile home inspections and Anthony Johnson, a FEMA Individual Assistance liaison, review mobile home inspection criteria after inspecting the first mobile home slated for use in the wake of the wild fires in Southern California. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

[Wildfires] March Air Force Base, CA, November 20, 2007 -- Anthony Johnson, a FEMA Individual Assistance liaison, center, and Deborah Maggard, FEMA deputy site manager for mobile home inspections, review mobile home inspection inside the kitchen of the first mobile home slated for use in the wake of the wild fires in Southern California, while Edward Coulter, a FEMA worker examines the stove?s fan. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

[Severe Winter Storms and Flooding] Fernley, NV, January 10, 2008 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Karl, and Deputy FCO Ken Tingman confer with DRC Manager Gabriella Garibaldi about opening the FEMA Mobile DRC at the Fernley City Hall this afternoon. FEMA and partners will be providing initial services at this location to many of the approximately 2,000 residents impacted by flood and severe storm. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, MS, January 18, 2008 -- Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Vice Admiral Harvey Johnson and Acting Associate Deputy Administrator for FEMA's Gulf Coast Recovery Office Jim Stark on the porch of a Mississippi Cottage with MEMA deputy project manager Keith Campbell, at the staging area for the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program. Johnson and Stark toured several sites on the Gulf Coast as part of a visit to assess the recovery progress. FEMA/Jennifer Smits

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding] Lafayette, TN, February 8, 2998 -- FEMA FIRSTeam Emergency Response Officer Willie Womack(right) confers with support staff Dominique Caudron, Telecom Specialist(left), Cony Metcalf, Planning Section Chief, Ron Simmons, Lead IP Tech, with MERS-Thomasville in support of FIRSTeam, Mark Hall, Telecom Specialist also of MERS-Thomasville,and Vincent (Tex) Boyer, Telecom Manager. Their mission to provide early video images of the tornado damage for headquarters planning and response has been completed. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Atkins, AR, February 26, 2008 -– FEMA Public Information Officer, Nate Custer, left, and Resource Manager, Sterling Rich examine a newly installed storm shelter North of Atkins. After witnessing the destruction from the Feb. 5 tornado the owner started construction on this shelter the next day. Charles S. Powell/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding] Thompkinsville, KY, March 2, 2008 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Jane Kennedy prepares a communication to send by FEMA Logistics Specialist Jerry Schauer who provides courier service to the Monroe County Disaster Recovery Center from the FEMA Joint Field Office in Lexington. FEMA is here due to severe storm and tornado. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding] Lexington, KY, March 3, 2008 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Manager (DRC) Vivian Barrios provides information to FEMA Community Relations (CR) Specialists Maureen Ivey and Miriam Stack prior to the DRC opening today. FEMA is here due to severe storm and tornado affecting Fayette and other KY counties. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding] Lexington, KY, March 3, 2008 -- This FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center(MDRC) sign is being set up by MDRC Manager Vivian Barrios and MDRC driver Greg Morrison in preparation for the Center's opening today. FEMA is here in response to severe storm and tornado which impacted this county (Fayette) in early February. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding] Cynthiana, KY, March 10, 2008 -- Inside the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center(MDRC) FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Manager Robin Wright explains how FEMA can help this Harrison County resident who is affected by the severe storms and tornado which struck several KY counties last February. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, MS, March 19, 2008 -- Biloxi floodplain manager Richard Stickler shows a flood map to Mai Trinh at a meeting for the Vietnamese community. Translators were present to help local Vietnamese citizens understand the new maps. Jennifer Smits/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Bollinger County (Marble Hills), MO, March 22, 2008 -- The Chicago FIRST team meets with the Bollinger County Emergency Manager to survey flood damage and determine a location to place a mobile command office to support the upcoming joint damage assessments. FEMA/John Shea

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Bollinger County (Marble Hills), MO, March 22, 2008 -- The Chicago FIRST team meets with the Bollinger County Emergency Manager to survey flood damage and determine a location to place a mobile command office to support the upcoming joint damage assessments. FEMA/John Shea

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Bollinger County (Marble Hills), MO, March 22, 2008 -- The Chicago FIRST team meets with the Bollinger County Emergency Manager to survey flood damage and determine a location to place a mobile command office to support the upcoming joint damage assessments. FEMA/John Shea

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Bollinger County (Marble Hills), MO, March 22, 2008 -- The Chicago FIRST team meets with the Bollinger County Emergency Manager to survey flood damage and determine a location to place a mobile command office to support the upcoming joint damage assessments. FEMA/John Shea

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Cape Girardeau, MO, March 27, 2008 -- The Cape Girardeau City Manager briefs FEMA Administrator David Paulison and Lieutenant Governor Kinder before a press conference on the Missouri flooding. Andrea Booher/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

[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] Columbus, WI, June 18, 2008 -- Tracy King and DRC manager Richard Gerrior talk with Mayor Nancy Osterhaus at DRC. FEMA public affairs personnel work closely with the state in a disaster situation. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids, IA, June 18, 2008 -- Pat Ferris, Manager of FEMA's Disaster Recover Center at Prairie High School in Linn County, explains part of the application process to residents who suffered varying degrees of damage from last week's record floods. FEMA Community Relations teams have started canvasing the city, providing information on how to apply. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Cedar Rapids, IA, June 19, 2008 -- (L-R) FEMA Region VII Administrator, Dick Hainje; Region VII Federal Coordination Official (FCO), Bill Vogal; FEMA Public Assistance (PA) official,Walter Estep; U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi River Division, Gary Stangeland and City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste manager, Mark Jones work on Linn County's waste issues. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Wapello, Iowa, June 28, 2008 -- Donna Althof, Manager of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center, explains to Benita Grooms, the Mayor of Oakville how to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. The Mayor's home and most of her belongings were destroyed in the flood two weeks ago. Susie Shapira/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center, Palo, IA, July 1, 2008 -- Pat Ferris, manager of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center in Palo, Iowa, greets Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel, Jovita Carranza, Acting Administrator of the Small Business Association, and Cedar Rapids Congressman David Loebsack. Susie Shapira/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Marion, Iowa, July 2, 2008 -- Bryan Toman, FEMA Mobile Home Park Site Manager, checks to see that everything is in order as the first of 60 mobile homes arrive at Squaw Creek Village mobile home park just outside of Cedar Rapids. FEMA is providing the mobile homes as temporary housing victims of the flood that ravaged the area in mid June. Susie Shapira/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Janesville, WI, July 8, 2008 -- Rock County Emergency Manager Shirley Conners greets State Coordinating Officer Johnnie Smith, Wisconsin Adjutant General Donaldd Dunbar and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont at a fly-in to listen to local officials' concerns. FEMA personnel work closely with the state and local officials in a disaster situation. Photo by Ed Edahl/FEMA

Sacramento, CA, July 13, 2008 -- US Forest Service Helicopter Manager Connie Fox and USFS Regional Aviation Safety Officer Dennis Brown control the airspace at McClellan Airport. Aircraft of the 302nd Air Expeditionary Group stand ready to begin their 20Th day of aerial firefighting support missions July 14 in a coordinated effort to control wildfires in California. FEMA/Adam DuBrowa

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Dike, IA, July 16, 2008 -- New mobile homes arriving at FEMA's Grundy County Emergency Housing Staging site are checked in by Ricky Bickerstaff with Receiving; A.J. Hughes with Planning; and Rusty Clarke, the EHS Deputy Site Manager. As of today, FEMA has 276 mobile homes in Iowa, either set up or available for transport to a suitable site. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

Brownsville, Texas, July 23, 2008 -- FEMA official Derek Shackelford and Cameron County Emergency Manager Johnny Cavazos discuss emergency response needs in response to Hurricane Dolly at the Cameron County Emergency Operations Center. FEMA Photo / John Shea.

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Iowa City, IA, July 25, 2008 -- University of Iowa Maintenance Manager Steve Fausch tells FEMA Building Assessment Team members Dave Fila, Caro Manokian, Ryan Hembree, and Marilyn Dean about the damage last month's record flood caused to the Mayflower Dormatory's ventilation, water, and electrical systems. Repairing the dorm by the start of classes is a priority. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Iowa City, IA, July 25, 2008 -- Steve Fausch (left), Maintenance Manager for the Mayflower Dormitory at the University of Iowa, explains some of the damage done to the building's heating, cooling, water, and electrical systems by last month's massive flood to FEMA Building Assessment Team (BAT) member David Fila, Dave Flumerfelt with Mitigation, and BAT member Ryan Hembree. The Mayflower is the largest dorm at UI; getting it ready for students is a priority for FEMA. the university, and the state. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Dolly] Raymondville, TX, July 26, 2008 -- FEMA's Sandy Coachman, Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) second from left - navy blue shirt, participates in a meeting with state and local officials during Saturday meetings concerning recovery actions for Hurricane Dolly. Visible participants seated L-R: Frank Cantu, State Coordinating Officer (SCO); Coachman; Elearza Garcia; City Manager; Frank Torres, Willacy County, Emergency Management Coordinator; Emilo Vera, Intrim-County Judge and Orlando Correa, Raymondville Mayor. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Barefoot Bay, FL, August 20, 2008 -- FEMA's Region IV Incident Management Assistance Team member, George Amos (L) and FEMA's Public Affairs Broadcast Operations Manager, Paul Luke; give State and Federal Emergency Management Coordinators a live and up to the minute situational awareness briefing during a Video Tele-Conference (VTC) briefing on Tropical Storm Fay. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Rockledge, FL, August 22, 2008 -- Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, Bob Lay (center) discusses on going operations in his county, due to Tropical Storm Fay, with FEMA's George Amos, Region IV Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) member (L) and FEMA's Public Affairs Broadcast manager, Paul Luke. The trio was doing a live Visual Tele-Conference (VTC) with state and federal participants through FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Melbourne, FL, September 1, 2008 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center(DRC) Manager Crystal Goussen provides information about Individual Assistance(IA) to these residents who were impacted by Tropical Storm Fay. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Baton Rouge, LA, September 1, 2008 -- David Hirtle, manager of FEMA's Emergency Support Function 6 (ESF-6), Shelter Management Flow briefs staff from his flow chart of the seventy-four shelters activated state wide, with capacity of 45,332 of which 32,323 occupants were utilizing during Hurricane Gustav. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Chauvin, LA, September 4, 2008 -- Members of the Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (TN TF-1), Memphis discuss what they saw while conducting Search and Rescue (USAR) operations in the remote parts of Terrebonne Parrish, with a manager of the FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT). Coordination between local, state and federal teams is crucial in USAR. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Woodville, MS, September 6, 2008 -- FEMA PDA Specialist Henry Leong is shown one of the trees toppled by Hurricane Gustav by Jenny Angeline, estate manager at the historic Rosemont Plantation. Rosemont was the boyhood home of Jefferson Davis. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Tallahassee, FL, September 7, 2008 -- At the Leon County Disaster Recovery Center(DRC) FEMA DRC Manager Joe Gagnon speaks with a Tropical Storm Fay affected resident as she calls the FEMA Registration number. Telephone registration is the first step in applying for FEMA assistance. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Gustav] Houma, LA, September 7, 2008 -- Annette Flyod, General Manager,Piccadilly's Restaurant- Baton Rouge, hands out hot meals. The chain, like many others in the region, provided Terrebone Parrish residents, a hot meal at the Houma Civic Center. Power is still off in may parts of Louisiana, following Hurricane Gustav. Barry Bahler/FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Tallahassee, FL, September 9, 2008 -- At the FEMA Leon County Disaster Recovery Center(DRC), FEMA Individual Assistance(IA) Specialist Rose Mary Sculthorpe assists this flood affected resident as State Emergency Response Team(SERT) Manager Randy Schreiber listens. FEMA is here in response to Tropical Storm Fay. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] San Antonio, TX, September 10, 2008 -- District Fire Chief Nim Kidd and Emergency Operations manager is interviewed in the City of San Antonio and Bexar County Emergency Operations Center by FEMA's new media team. Local, state, federal and non-governmental agencies are coordinating activities to prepare for the hurricane which is expected to make landfall somewhere on the Texas Gulf Coast. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

[Tropical Storm Fay] Estero, FL, September 13, 2008 -- At the Lee County Red Cross Shelter FEMA PIO William Lindsey speaks with Mexican Consulate Representative Brent L. Probinsky (left), Red Cross Shelter Manager Len Alvarez, and Consulate Protection Manager Edgardo Briones. FEMA is here tonight as honored guests of the Consulate in appreciation for services to residents displaced by flooding from Tropical Storm Fay. George Armstrong/FEMA

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