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Marseilles, Ill., May 24, 2013 -- FEMA Disability Integration Advisor David Svir makes a test call using the CapTel captioning service to the Blackberry of FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Manager Paul Buffington and FEMA Applicant Specialist Roberta Washington during a training session on the proper use of various visual and auditory aids available inside the DRC to assist people with hearing, visual and language barriers. Disaster Recovery Centers are open across the state of Illinois assisting survivors following the severe storms, straightline winds and flooding that caused damage to thousands of homes in April and May 2013. David Fine/FEMA

Norman, Okla., May 27, 2013 -- At the Cleveland County FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), FEMA Videographer Judy Grafe prepares to record DRC Manager Edwin Pabon. FEMA videographers produce informational videos which help tell the story of service and survival in the aftermath of the deadly May 19 and 20 tornadoes. George Armstrong/FEMA

Bethel Acres, Okla., June 3, 2013 -- FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Debris Deputy Task Force Leader Tony Furr speaks to Mayor Neal Davis and Shawnee County Emergency Manager Melvin Potter at today's PA Applicant Briefing. This initial local meeting is to share procedural information about the local PA application process for the county/city to receive federal reimbursement for expenses related to the deadly tornadoes of May19-20. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 25, 2013 -- Moore Emergency Manager Gayland Kitch, surveys the tornado damage Residents impacted by the recent tornado are encouraged to register with FEMA for assistance. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Westerly, R.I., June 3, 2013 -- FEMA Congressional Liaison Dianne Andrews receives a handshake in gratitude from Westerly Town Manager Steven T. Hartford. The Westerly Town Council presented FEMA with a certificate of commendation in gratitude for help received restoring Misquamicut Beach and the public pavilion by Memorial Day and the beginning of tourist season

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Chicago, Ill., May 31, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Moore [L] meets with Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Jose Buttera [c] and Applicant Services Lead Erol Johnson [r] during his visit to the newest DRC located on the south side of Chicago. FEMA is responding to wide spread flooding as a result of severe storms and straight-line winds that damaged or destroyed homes across Illinois during April and May 2013. David Fine/FEMA

West, Texas, May 20, 2013 -- Mary Moren-Cornelius. manager of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center, answers questions for survivors of the fertilizer plant explosion at a town hall meeting here. FEMA is helping residents recover from the disaster. Norman Lenburg/FEMA

West, Texas, May 20, 2013 -- Carmen Rodriguez (standing), an external affairs specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Mary Moren-Cornelius (seated, right), manager of FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center, tell survivors of the fertilizer plant explosion about the disaster assistance available to them. FEMA is helping residents recover from the disaster. Norman Lenburg/FEMA

President Barack Obama thanks Shayne Adamski, FEMA's Senior Manager of Digital Engagement, while visiting the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC. President Obama visited the NRCC on October 7, 2013, to thank FEMA employees for their ongoing dedication and service during the lapse in government appropriations

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alakanuk City Manager James Blowe (C) greets the FEMA team which is conducting preliminary damage assessments after severe flooding devastated the community. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Runnelstown, Miss., Feb. 22, 2013 -- FEMA Preliminary Disaster Assessment (PDA) Representative Karrie Beardall and Public Information Officer Rita Egan record information provided to them by Perry County Emergency Manager Dale Carnahan. PDA teams verify the damages with visits to homes with reported damage. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Cherokee, N.C., March 20, 2013 -- Denny Ensley, Site Prep Manager for the Housing and Community Development department with the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians (ECBI) measures the damage to a homeowner's property after a mudslide happened during a winter storm in January. FEMA is working with the State of North Carolina and the ECBI to provide assistance in their rebuilding efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Long Branch, N.J., March 5, 2013 -- The hockey park at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch was wiped clean of the surrounding wall during the surge produced by Hurricane Sandy late last October. According to the park manager, the area may be utilized as a temporary parking lot until repairs can be made. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

"Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Principal Chief Michell Hicks (seated, 2nd from right) and FEMA Region 4 Administrator Phillip May (seated, 2nd from left), sign documents detailing the relationship between FEMA and the Tribe due to a recent Presidential disaster declaration for EBCI, the first in the country under the recently passed Stafford Act. Shown (left-right) seated - Michael Bolch, FEMA Federal Coordinating Offer; May; Chief Hicks; Mollie Grant, EBCI Emergency Manager; back row - Elisa Roper, FEMA Region 4 tribal liaison; David Wachacha, EBCI Emergency Management assistant coordinator; Eddie Huskey, EBCI Deputy Operations Officer; Joe Stanton, North Carolina Emergency Management assistant director; Ray Stamper, EBCI Public Safety communications manager; and Vice Chief Larry Blythe. Photo by SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather "

Foxworth, Miss., Feb. 19, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Teresa Vertina, discusses with Community Relations specialists Robert Munoz and George Ostfeld, the needs they have found while working in Marion County FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Marion County to bring help closer to residents that have damages from the tornadoes. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Kentwood, Mich., July 22, 2013 --Planning Specialist Kyle Gagnier reconciles data with Sandy Speigal, Data Processing Manager. Information sharing is important between all parties involved in the Public Assistance recovery and rebuilding effort. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Cherokee, N.C., March 20, 2013 -- Richard Pulse, a FEMA Public Assistance specialist reviews areas in Cherokee, NC tribal areas that sustained damage during the January winter storm event He is joined by Denny Ensley, Site Team Manager with the Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (ECBI) Housing and Community Development department. FEMA is working with the EBCI tribe and representatives from the State of North Carolina to provide services to the tribe and its' residents affected by severe storms in January. This is the first time that a Federally recognized Native American tribe was able to apply for direct assistance from FEMA. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Chandler, Ariz., Sep. 4, 2013 --- Walmart partners with FEMA and local emergency management organizations to kick off the official September 1 start of National Preparedness Month from a Walmart store in Chandler. FEMA Region 9 Administrator Nancy Ward (fourth from left) poses for photos with, from left to right, Randy Weddle, Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross; Christina Raasch, Walmart Market Manager; Chandler Vice Mayor Jack Sellers; and Wendy Smith-Reeve, Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. Photo by Michael Cummings/FEMA

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Colorado Springs, Colo., September 24, 2013 -- Members of the Mobile Emergency Response group sit in the command truck used by FEMA to provide various forms of communications. From left to right, Paul L. Elder, South Central Region Field Manager in the Colorado Dept of Public Safety; Williman Watrel, FEMA Branch III Director and John Bondurant, FEMA Division Supervisor. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents, businesses and communities affected by the recent floods. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

D.C., March 29, 2013 -- FEMA's National Continuity Programs (NCP) Directorates', Integrated Public Alerts and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO), in partnership with FEMA's Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) hosted a roundtable discussion to discuss emerging technology and Federal initiatives that can help make public alerts and warnings more accessible to the disabled community. Pictured: Charles McCobb, IPAWS Program Manager

Colorado Springs, CO September 24, 2013--Members of the Mobile Emergency Response Support group stand in front of some of the trucks used by FEMA to provide various forms of communications. From left to right, William Watrel, Branch III Director, John Bondurant, Division Supervisor and Paul L. Elder, Colorado South Central Region Field Manager. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents, businesses and communities affected by the recent floods. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Des Plaines, Ill., May 28, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Manager Rett Campbell oversees the operation and customer experience of the disaster recovery center in Des Plaines. FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open across the state of Illinois assisting survivors following the severe storms, straightline winds and flooding that caused damage to thousands of homes in April and May 2013. David Fine/FEMA

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Washington, Ill., December 5, 2013 -- In frigid temperatures, Rev. David Myers, right, Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator/Director Center of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, speaks with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster operations manager Dan Hoeft, center and All Hands Volunteers director of US Disaster Response Sherry Buresh in a neighborhood where the two are helping with volunteer support for cleanup.. Myers met with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster groups to discuss responses to the disaster and discuss coordination and collaboration of partners. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, April 12, 2013 -- Carolyn Wattley, 911 St.Thomas-St. John District Manager, gives FEMA Administrator Fugate a demonstration of the Computer-Aided Dispatch system

Carney, Okla., June 17, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Jose Lucca speaks with Applicant Assistant Specialist Lori Campo as Millie Ryan works nearby. The FEMA/State DRC #4 in Carney High School is open to serve survivors of the May 20 tornado. George Armstrong/FEMA

Marseilles, Ill., May 24, 2013 -- Marseilles Mayor Patti Smith visits the disaster recovery center (DRC) in Marseilles, Illinois with DRC Manager Paul Buffington to get a first hand look at how FEMA DRC's work to assist survivors following the storms. FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open across the state of Illinois assisting survivors following the severe storms, straightline winds and flooding that caused damage to thousands of homes in April and May 2013. David Fine/FEMA

Marseilles, Ill., May 24, 2013 -- Marseilles Mayor Patti Smith visits the disaster recovery center (DRC) in Marseilles, Illinois with DRC Manager Paul Buffington to get a first hand look at how FEMA DRC's work to assist survivors following the storms. FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open across the state of Illinois assisting survivors following the severe storms, straightline winds and flooding that caused damage to thousands of homes in April and May 2013. David Fine/FEMA

Long Branch, N.J., March 5, 2013 -- The park manager at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch stated that this quarter mile section of a dune reconstruction project took nearly three and one half months to complete. All the dunes were wiped from the beach when Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Cherokee, N.C., March 20, 2013 -- Richard Pulse (middle), a FEMA Public Assistance (PA) specialist reviews areas in Cherokee, NC tribal areas that sustained damage during the January winter storm event He is joined by Denny Ensley (left), The Eastern Band Cherokee Indian (ECBI) Housing and Community Development department and David Vaughan (right) from the NC Emergency Management Department PA Grants Manager. FEMA is working with the EBCI tribe and representatives from the State of North Carolina to provide services to the tribe and its' residents affected by severe storms in January. This is the first time that a Federally recognized Native American tribe was able to apply for direct assistance from FEMA. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alaska State Coordinating Officer Sam Walton and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont meet with City Manager James Blowe to discuss the FEMA programs which will assist in the recovery efforts after severe flooding crippled the entire infrastructure. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alaska State Coordinating Officer Sam Walton (2nd R) and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont (C) tour with City Manager James Blowe (L) and discuss the FEMA programs which will assist in the recovery efforts after severe flooding eroded their property. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, Sep. 9, 2013 -- FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator, Response and Recovery, Elizabeth Zimmerman greets a FEMA Corps manager at the local community center. The community center serves as a food distribution center where disaster survivors can get a hot meal as well as the latest disaster recovery information. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Long Beach, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2013 -- Debris sorting continues in Long Beach, N.Y. The City of Long Beach project manager, Brooke Anderson, said that the debris removal was in its final stages. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA

Seattle, Wash., May 2, 2013 -- NETAP instructor (Michael Griffin) assists a State Earthquake Program Manager with anchoring a mock water tank to a wall, as a FEMA Senior Program Specialist (Wendy Phillips) observes

San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 11, 2013 -- CAD Director Alejandro De La Campa, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency staff, Administrator Fugate and DC Caribbean Manager Reinaldo Col├│n tour facilities

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Norman, Okla., May 27, 2013 -- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Manager Edwin Pabon and Applicant Assistance Specialist Edwin Berrios hang a sign at the entrance to Little Axe Elementary School as the FEMA/State DRC opens today. FEMA is here as result of the deadly May 19 and 20 tornadoes. George Armstrong/FEMA

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 2, 2013 -- Dan MaGee, Director, Individual Assistance for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Nancy Mize, FEMA Community Relations Manager, are ready with information at an entry gate to the Saturday evening basketball game. FEMA and MEMA representatives are on campus, answering questions for students and staff. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Galena, AK, September 8, 2013 -- FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy (L) greets City Manager Greg Moyer (R) at the medical facility which was damaged by severe flooding. FEMA is working with their partners to get the city of Galena back on the road to recovery. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

McNabb, Ill., July 9, 2013 --Putnam County Emergency Manager James Goldasich, right, discusses community outreach with FEMA staff members Richard Gomes, Karen Nelson and Kesha Waites. FEMA works closely with local and state partners to provide assistance to disaster survivors

Washington, Ill., December 5, 2013 -- Rev. David Myers, right, Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator/Director Center of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, speaks with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster operations manager Dan Hoeft, center and All Hands Volunteers director of US Disaster Response Sherry Buresh in a neighborhood where the two are helping with volunteer support for cleanup.. Myers met with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster groups to discuss responses to the disaster and discuss coordination and collaboration of partners. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Washington, Ill., December 5, 2013 -- Rev. David Myers, right, Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator/Director Center of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, center, speaks with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster operations manager Dan Hoeft, left, and All Hands Volunteers director of US Disaster Response Sherry Buresh, second from left, as well as other volunteers in a neighborhood where the groups are helping with volunteer support for cleanup. Myers met with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster groups to discuss responses to the disaster and discuss coordination and collaboration of partners. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

White River, Mich., July 30, 2013 -- Gary Scarbrough, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, talks with Ken Hulka, Manager/Director of the Muskegon County Road Commission about how this large culvert's seams were damaged during the flooding. FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grants become available following application and inspection, covering a significant amount of the cost of repair. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2013 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (second from right) and Ted Okada, FEMA's chief technology officer (far right), met with the American Radio Relay League, at FEMA's Washington headquarters. The ARRL, a national association for Amateur Radio, discussed several topics, including the contributions amateur radio, also known as ham radio, can make during times of disaster. Other meeting participants include Christopher Imlay [W3KD], ARRL general counsel (left); David Sumner [K1ZZ], ARRL chief executive officer; Mike Corey, AARL emergency preparedness and response manager [W5MPC], and Kay Craigie [N3KN], ARRL president

Kentwood, Mich., July 22, 2013 --Telecommunications Manager Donald (Skip) Inman, checks a connection. FEMA's logistics specialists work quietly in the background at a Field Office, constantly monitoring all communications making sure there are no unnecessary interruptions in services. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Petal, Miss., Feb. 18, 2013 -- Public Information Officer Rita Egan, answers questions for the Petal Disaster Recovery Center Manager Karrie Beardall. Public Information Officers stay in contact with the media and FEMA DRCs, sharing information so that survivors know where to turn for FEMA's assistance. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Window Rock, Ariz., March 20, 2013 -- From inside a Native American Tipi, Mike Salabiye, Planner for the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services, explains the intricate design structure of the Tipi to Sam Ronveaux, FEMA Region IX Infrastructure Branch Director and Bruce Knabenshue, the FEMA Public Assistance Task Force Leader for FEMA-4104-DR. The Tipi shown here was used in one of several religious or traditional ceremonies during the Navajo Nation Prayer Day celebrated March 18 - 19, 2013. Photo by Rose Whitehair/Navajo Nation Emergency Manager

Kentwood, Mich., July 22, 2013 --Lonnie Quinn, Accountable Property Manager, gives a "heads up". The Accountable Property Office is just one of the background operations within a joint field office (JFO), responsible for equipment assignments during a declared disaster. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Longmont, Colo., October 8,2013--Edith Lovell, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) manager is working with, from left to right, Maria Tostado,who works in the Longmont, CO City Manager's office and Debra Darnofall, Longmont, CO, Risk Manager at the Longmont, CO DRC. FEMA is working working with local officials to provide residents affected by recent flooding. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alaska State Coordinating Officer Sam Walton (C) and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont (L) tour with City Manager James Blowe (R) and discuss the FEMA programs which will assist in the recovery efforts after severe flooding destroyed their tank system. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Dolph A. Diemont works with the Alakanuk City Manager James Blowe during a damage assessment tour after severe flooding devastated the community. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alakanuk City Manager James Blowe inspects the heavily eroded river bank of the Yukon after severe flooding devastated the community. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

"Emmitsburg, MD September 20, 2013 - Foundations of Emergency Management class graduate Janeen Olson, CERT Program Manager from Redmond, WA, stands with Vilma Milmoe, Tom Gilboy, and Linda Choha to receive her certificate of graduation from the Foundations of Emergency Management class at the Emergency Management Institute."

Longmont, CO, October 7, 2013--Edith Lovell is a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) manager in Longmont, CO. She is responsible for overseeing the daily activities at the DRC and works with local, state, volunteer and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents affected by the recent floods in Colorado. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Head shot of Larry Handerhan, Program Manager, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Moore, Okla., May 25, 2013 -- Moore Emergency Manager Gayland Kitch, right and Officer Eric Thomas survey the damage where Thomas' home once stood prior to the recent tornado. Residents impacted by the recent tornado are encouraged to register with FEMA for assistance. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Bethel Acres, Okla., June 3, 2013 -- FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Crew Chief Vernon Lansford speaks to Mayor Neal Davis and Shawnee County Emergency Manager Melvin Potter at today's PA Applicant Briefing. This initial local meeting is to share procedural information about the local PA application process for the county/city to receive federal reimbursement for expenses related to the deadly tornadoes of May19-20. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 28, 2013 -- Tide, Loads of Hope, field manager, Ron Ramsey, assists a local resident collect their cleaned clothes. Residents impacted by the tornado on May 20, 2013 may come to the flatbed truck set up in the Walmart parking lot to have two loads of free laundry. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Head shot of Larry Handerhan, Program Manager, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Colorado Springs, CO September 24, 2013 -- Members of the Mobile Emergency Response group stand in front of some of the trucks used by FEMA to provide various forms of communications services. From left to right, William Watrel, Branch III Director, John Bondurant, Division Supervisor and Paul L. Elder, Colorado South Central Region Field Manager. FEMA is working with local, state and other federal agencies to provide assistance to residents, businesses and communities affected by the recent floods. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Washington, Ill., December 5, 2013 -- Rev. David Myers, right, Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator/Director Center of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, speaks with NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster volunteers as well as operations manager Dan Hoeft, center and All Hands Volunteers director of US Disaster Response Sherry Buresh in a neighborhood where the two are helping with volunteer support for cleanup.. Myers met with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster groups to discuss responses to the disaster and discuss coordination and collaboration of partners. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

White River, Mich., July 30, 2013 -- Gary Scarbrough, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, talks with Ken Hulka, Manager/Director of the Muskegon County Road Commission about how this large culvert's seams were damaged during the flooding. FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grants become available following application and inspection and cover a significant portion of the cost of repair. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Kentwood, Mich., July 29, 2013 --Human Resources Team Manager Betty Hudson welcomes local hire Kelly Ten Harmseol to the Information Technology team at Michigan's Joint Field Office (JFO). Local Hires are welcome members of FEMA's staff, providing local knowledge and augmenting FEMA's Reservist and permanent staff. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- FEMA Public Information Officer Victor Inge (L) and AmeriCorps Manager Sarah Tomt (R) greet one another for the first time as they exchange information on the work being done toward the recovery process. FEMA is responding with key personnel and resources to the communities that were affected from the Yukon River flood and partnering with AmeriCorps for recovery efforts. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

L'Anse, Mich., July 16, 2013 --John Siira, Wakefield City Manager, explains his concerns to (L to R) Joel Pepper, State Logistics Section Chief, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Mark Neveau, and State Coordinating Officer (SCO) Capt. Chris Kelenske. FEMA is reaching out to the local governments of the Upper Peninsula by offering grants to eligible local governments and private nonprofit entities so they can receive the dollars they need to rebuild. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Loveland, Colo., November 22, 2013 -- Kelly Arnold, Town Manager of Windsor CO, talks about their experiences to the Colorado Community Recovery Symposium. Photo Michael Rieger/FEMA

Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 16, 2013 -- FEMA's Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Information Technology Specialist Lathette Brooks configures a laptop for Disaster Recovery Center Manager Gary Erickson. MERS teams are used in the FEMA Disaster Response Mission, to provide logistical, life support, operations, and telecommunication support during the early stages of disaster response activities. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Asbury Park, N.J., May 18, 2013 -- A snip of a purple ribbon by Asbury Park's Mayor Ed Johnson (center) signifies the completion of repair and reconstruction of the city's boardwalk, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October. Mayor Johnson is joined, from left to right, by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Senator Robert Menendez, Deputy Mayor Don Loffredo, City Manager Terry Reidy and Freeholder John P. Curley. FEMA's Public Assistance grant program provided a portion of the funds for the project in addition to donations from local businesses and state and local sources. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Long Branch, N.J., March 7, 2013 -- Heavy seas appear to threaten the reconstructed dune at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch. According to the park manager, it has taken approximately three and one half months to reconstruct the one-quarter mile section of dune since being wiped out by Hurricane Sandy last October. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Guam, Jan. 15, 2013 -- James Macaulay, Regional Continuity Manager, conducting a continuity planning workshop for the Territory of Guam. Photo by Ken Hudson/FEMA

Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 16, 2013 -- FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Information Technology Specialist Olie Burkes,sets up communications for Forrest County Disaster Recovery Center Manager Jesse Gordon. MERS teams are used in the FEMA Disaster Response Mission, to provide logistical, life support, operations, and telecommunication support during the early stages of disaster response activities. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Head shot of Linda Ayala, Program Manager, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Head shot of Larry Handerhan, Program Manager, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation

Grand Ridge, FL, May 13, 2014--Jackson County Emergency Manager drives through flooded area in Grand Ridge to check on residents of the county. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2014 -- FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office received the "Greatest Citizen Impact Award" given by the American Council for Technology (ACT) Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Institute for their work the national alert and warning system known as IPAWS. Standing left to right: Manny Centeno, Engineer, PEP Modernization; Al Kenyon, Engineer, PEP Expansion; Mark Lucero, Chief, Engineering Branch; Antwane Johnson, Director, IPAWS; Wade Witmer, Deputy Director, IPAWS; Hans Yu, Project Manager, Interagency Coordination and Special Studies Branch and Walter Florence, Acting Chief, Project Management Branch. First row, seated from left to right is FEMA's Pam Holstein-Wallace, Interagency Coordination and Special Studies Branch; Lauren Cisek, Intern, Engineering Branch and Precious Forbes, Program Analyst, Business Operations Branch. Missing from the team photo: Gary Dalton, Chief, Business Operations Branch; Charles McCobb, Chief, Interagency Coordination and Special Studies Branch; Susan Johnson, Program Analyst, Interagency Coordination and Special Studies; Vanessa Lopez, Program Analyst, Business Operations Branch and Dee Bartholomew, Administrative Assistant

Kansas City, Mo., June 4, 2014 -- Peggy Houston, General Manager of Tribal Operations at Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, prepares to ask a question during a Tribal Summit. Tribal leaders from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri are getting together at FEMA Region VII for three days to help better prepare for potential disasters in the future. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA)

"Vilonia, AR, May 22, 2014 ; Jesse Bucholtz, a Team Rubicon Resource Manager (driver), and Missouri University of Science and Technology volunteers (passengers) remove debris from a home and property on Cemetery Road after the home was destroyed by a tornado on April 27. FEMA supports Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) as they help survivors recover from natural disasters. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA."

CENTENNIAL, Co. Feb. 25, 2014 — EMI National Disaster Recovery Support Course Manager Dianne Walbrecker queries Mission Support Task Force Leader Charles Stoma about his job at the Centennial, Co. Joint Field Office. Walbrecker is helping to restructure NDRS courses to make them more relevant to disaster field activities. FEMA Photo by John A. Read

Foley, Ala., July 14, 2014 -- Bobby Roberts, Lowe Store Manager holds a Certficate of Appreciation given to the Foley, Ala. Lowe store by the FEMA Mitigation division for its assistance in providing FEMA with space in their store so that Mitigation and Individual Assistance specialists could provide residents with information they could use following the tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the area in early May. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Mayflower, AR, May 7, 2014 – Steven Huber (left), FEMA Corps team member, and Glen Beedle (second from left), Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Branch Manager, assist Charlotte Leher (second from right) and Vernon Carlson (right), disaster survivors affected by severe storms and tornadoes that impacted the community of Mayflower on April 27, at a Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) in Mayflower, Arkansas. FEMA assists individuals and their families and supports state, local and tribal governments in their recovery efforts following a natural disaster. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

Oakland, CA, April 1,2014 -- FEMA Region IX Whole Community Preparedness Workshop featured Ray Bonilla, IT Resiliency Manager, Kaiser Permanente as guest speaker to emphasize the importance of positive, persistence, and passionate preparedness messaging to help with preparedness engagement and outreach. Photo by Casey Deshong, External Affairs

Torrance, Calif., April 2, 2014 -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California's 43rd District hosts an Emergency Preparedness panel in Torrance, Calif. Representatives from FEMA, California Office of Emergency Services, LA County, City of Torrance, and American Red Cross were present. From left to right: Michael Rock, City Manager, Lomita, CA; Veronica Verde, External Affairs Officer, FEMA; Tom Bryan, Community Disaster Education Chairman, American Red Cross; Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Mona Bontty, Regional Administrator, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services; Soraya Sutherlin, Emergency Services Coordinator, Torrance Police Department

Vilonia, Ark., May 2, 2014 -- Disaster survivor Dollie Pruitt (left) and Case Manager Sandy Towles (right) of the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance, pause for a smile at the Vilonia Senior Center where disaster survivors were being served hot food and beverages following an EF-4 tornado that struck Vilonia on April 27. FEMA supports Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) whose generosity and voluntary assistance help survivors get on their feet following a natural disaster. Photo by Christopher Mardorf/FEMA

Foley, Ala., July 14, 2014 -- Curt Houchins, Home Depot Assistant Manager, holds a Certficate of Appreciation given to the Foley, Ala. Home Depot by the FEMA Mitigation division for its assistance in providing FEMA with space in their store so that Mitigation and Individual Assistance specialists could provide residents with information they could use following the tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the area in early May. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Thirty young students from the SERVE DC Summer Youth Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience Academy tour the National Response Coordination Center led by NRCC Manager Steve Burgess

Mayflower, AR, May 7, 2014 –Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Branch Manager Glen Beedle (left), FEMA Corps Alpine 2 team member Cassandra Ly (second from left), disaster survivor Charlotte Leher (center), FEMA Corps Alpine 2 team member Steven Huber (second from right), and disaster survivor Vernon Carlson (right) gather at a Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRIC) to discuss registering for disaster assistance after a severe storm and tornado struck the community of Mayflower on April 27. FEMA assists individuals and their families and supports state, local and tribal governments in their recovery efforts following a natural disaster. Photo by Christopher Mardorf / FEMA

Louisville, Miss., May 8, 2014 -- Dr. Lew Stringer, the designer and project manager of the mobile hospital, watches over the installation and the training of hospital staff. Survivors in Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson and Warren counties whose property was damaged by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi may now apply for federal assistance. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Centennial, Colo., February 25, 2014 -- Emergency Management Institute National Disaster Recovery Support Course Manager Dianne Walbrecker queries Mission Support Task Force Leader Charles Stoma about his job at the Centennial, Colo. Joint Field Office. Walbrecker is helping to restructure NDRS courses to make them more relevant to disaster field activities. FEMA Photo by John A. Read

Mobile, Ala., July 14, 2014 -- Michael McGowan, Home Depot Store Manager holds a Certficate of Appreciation given to the Mobile, Ala. Home Depot by the FEMA Mitigation division for its assistance in providing FEMA with space in their store so that Mitigation and Individual Assistance specialists could provide residents with information they could use following the tornadoes and severe storms that swept through the area in early May. Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Anniston, Ala., April 24, 2014 -- Kathy Semones, a patient care manager at University of Kentucky, calls out orders during the Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) in the emergency department at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Approximately 80 healthcare professionals and emergency responders, representing eight of the 13 regional coalitions trained at the CDP's Noble Training Facility and the Advanced Responder Training Complex. These response personnel joined colleagues across the United States in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course, the Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) course, and the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course. Photo by Benjamin Crossley/ FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- Jane Cage, chair of the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART), talks about the importance of community resiliency during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony after receiving the first national presentation of the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resiliency from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. FEMA recovery specialists helped organize the citizen-based group that Cage has led for nearly 2 years. CART has continuously helped citizens explore ways to re-imagine and recover tornado-impacted areas and works closely with local officials, governmental and non-governmental agencies and long-term recovery planners. Seated in background: Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) presents the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin, MO for their efforts to help the community recover from a devastating 2011 tornado. Cage heads the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-based group formed to help guide Joplin's rebuilding. The award, given for just the second time, was presented during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony. Seated in background from left: Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles, City Manager Mark Rohr, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce. FEMA continues to support the community's long-term recovery. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Eric Cline, on-site manager for the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment Project at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the northern Everglades in Florida, was among the officials on hand for Secretary Gale Norton's Everglades tour. Photograph was used in Interior video on the Norton tenure