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Flooding ^ Winter Storm - Snohomish, Wash. , February 7, 2009 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) Specialist Martha Mills discusses registration options with a local resident in the Three Rivers Trailer Park. President Obama declared a federal disaster for Washington state in the wake of the severe winter storms. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

Flooding ^ Mudslide/Landslide ^ Severe Storm - Cougar, Wash. , February 11, 2009 -- After severe winter storms passed through Washington State, landslides swept through Cowlitz county closing public roads. President Obama, FEMA and WA Gov. Chris Gregoire have signed a disaster declaration making the county eligible for public assistance and individual assistance funds. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA

DENVER, Colo. , June 22, 2009 -- FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate discusses the importance of volunteerism as part of President Obama's "United We Serve" campaign. Fugate was joined by volunteer and paid emergency services representatives including firefighters, Community Emergency Response Team members and a Fire Corps representative at a downtown Denver fire station. FEMA Photo/Bryan Dahlberg

Denver, Colo. , June 22, 2009 -- FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate discusses the importance of volunteerism as part of President Obama's "United We Serve" campaign. Fugate was joined by volunteer and paid emergency services representatives including firefighters, Community Emergency Response Team members and a Fire Corps representative at a downtown Denver fire station. FEMA Photo/Barb Sturner

Washington, D. C. , November 3, 2009 -- Marcie Roth in the FEMA studio. She was appointed by President Obama in June 2009 to be the Senior Adviser on Disability Issues for FEMA. Previously, she was the President and CEO of Global Disability Solutions Group, a leading national organization promoting diverse workforce initiatives with a focus on disability issues. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, D. C. , March 10, 2010 -- President Barack Obama thanks rescue and aid workers who helped in Haiti after the earthquake after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 10, 2010. President Obama is shaking hands with Darryl Madden of FEMA External Affairs. (Official White House Photo Chuck Kennedy )

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Lexington, Ky. , June 23, 2010 -- FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino receives a briefing from FEMA and State Officials, regarding the ongoing recovery efforts in Kentucky. On May 11, President Obama declared a major disaster for Kentucky and individual assistance has been made available for 62 counties. FEMA/Brad Carroll

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Volunteers from religious organizations pitch in to tarp this church after severe tornadoes destroyed the roof. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Power crews work to restore power to those affected in the recent tornado catastrophe. President Obama signed Alabama's major disaster declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in areas struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on April 15, 2011, and continuing. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors are left with heavily damaged residences after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Severe Storm ^ Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors search for their belongings after a tornado destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Severe damages occurred in Alabama after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes, cars and personal property in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 1, 2011 -- Disaster survivors return to their home sites to search for their belongings after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in area's struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 2, 2011 -- Incredible force is represented in the form of debris piles after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 2, 2011 -- Lives interrupted, and material possessions scattered about after a series of tornadoes destroyed homes in the areas of rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Pleasant Grove, Ala. , May 2, 2011 -- The First Assembly of God recreation van was heavily damaged after a series of tornadoes destroyed the church in rural Northeastern Alabama. President Obama signed Alabama's Major Disaster Declaration and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Griffin, Ga. , May 4, 2011 -- One of many businesses damaged by a tornado that hit Spalding County on April 27, 2011. President Obama declared the county a Major Disaster which makes federal funding available to affected individuals and business owners. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - Ringgold, Ga. , May 5, 2011 -- A scorched hillside, and what's left of a house, in Catoosa County, after a tornado swept through on April 27, 2011. President Obama declared the county a Major Disaster on April 29. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - Griffin, Ga. , May 10, 2011 -- The tornado that struck Spalding County on April 27, 2011 moved this mobile home and deck off it's foundation, but left the mailboxes in place. President Obama declared the county a major disaster making federal funding available to its residents and small businesses. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - Cartersville, Ga. , May 12, 2011 -- The kitchen was all that was left standing in this house after a tornado struck Bartow County on April 27, 2011. President Obama declared the area a Major Disaster making federal funding available to help individuals and small businesses that suffered damage because of the storm. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - Cartersville, Ga. , May 12, 2011 -- A swimming pool holds the remains of the house that is no more after a tornado struck the area on April 27, 2011. President Obama declared the county a Major Disaster making federal funding available to individuals and small businesses that suffered damage. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - La Grange, Ga. , May 14, 2011 -- Bikers from Georgia and surrounding states gathered in La Grange, Troup County, to ride and raise money for the survivors of the tornado that stuck this community on April 27, 2011. President Obama declared the county a Major Disaster making federal support available to individuals and small businesses that suffered damage from the storm. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Tornado - La Grange, Ga. , May 14, 2011 -- The damage to homes and businesses from the April 27, 2011 tornado caused many accesiblity issues. Troup County was declared a Major Disaster by President Obama. Judith Grafe/FEMA Photo

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Bethesda, Md. , August 27, 2011 -- PEPCO electric power company crews clear power lines of obstructions in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival. Crews from around the country are coming into the area to assists local power companies with anticipated power outages. President Obama has signed several emergency assistance orders allowing FEMA to provide assistance to these states. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Bethesda, Md. , August 27, 2011 -- PEPCO electric power company crews clear power lines of obstructions in anticipation of Hurricane Irene's arrival. Crews from around the country are coming into the area to assists local power companies with anticipated power outages. President Obama has signed several emergency assistance orders allowing FEMA to provide assistance to these states. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - D. C. , August 28, 2011 -- Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate update President Obama via video teleconference on efforts related to Hurricane Irene.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm ^ Mudslide/Landslide - Cayey, Puerto Rico, August 28, 2011 -- Justo Hernandez, Federal Coordinating Officer, the Governor of Puerto Rico and the mayor of Cayey municipality held a press conference after visiting affected community in Villas de Monte Sol, Cayey. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico triggering the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communitites to recover from Hurricane Irene. FEMA/Ashley Andújar

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Burlington, Vt. , August 30, 2011 -- Governor Peter Shumlin gives remarks during Administrator Fugate's visit to meet with local officials and survey damages from Irene. President Obama signed a federal emergency declaration for Vermont on August 29, to supplement state and local response efforts.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Prattsville, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- This house, in Greene County, received considerable damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The area was given a disaster declaration by President Obama on September 3 making it eligible for federal help. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Prattsville, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- Even the Sheriff's car got damaged in the flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene on August 28. The area received a disaster declaration from President Obama on September 3, 2011 making it possible to receive help from FEMA. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Prattsville, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- Mud and water surround a damaged house on Main Street after Hurricane Irene swept through the area. President Obama granted a disaster declaration to the county (Greene) making federal help possible. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Windham, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- This car got hit by it all. . . water, sand, and a trailer hitch. The swollen creek, and the damage it caused in Windham, was a result of Hurricane Irene on 8/28/11. President Obama declared Windham and the county of Schoharie a disaster on 9/03/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Windham, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- A shop on Main Street in Windham proclaims their victory over the destruction from Hurricane Irene. The town suffered damage to homes and businesses and was included in the disaster declaration by President Obama on 9/03/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Windham, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- This Windham house was lifted off it's foundation and floated downstream to collide with the town bridge. Damage was extensive to the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. President Obama made a disaster declaration for the area on 9/03/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Windham, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- The town of Windham lost houses, businesses, and sidewalks from the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene on 8/28/11. The area was declared a disaster by President Obama on 9/03/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Windham, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- A view of the Windham ski hill runs from the swollen creek that overflowed into the town of Windham. Many homes and business were damaged in the flooding from Hurricane Irene on 8/28/11. The area received a disaster declaration from President Obama on 9/03/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Prattsville, N. Y. , September 1, 2011 -- Prattsville is getting help from the Greene County Emergency Services, the National Guard, and FEMA in the aftermath of flooding after Hurricane Irene swept through the area on August 28. Greene County received a disaster declaration from President Obama on September 3. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Albany, N. Y. , September 2, 2011 -- The New York State Emergency Operations Centers is activated in response to Hurricane Irene that passed through New York State on Aug. 28, 2011. President Obama declared a disaster for New York to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Irene. Photo by Elissa Jun/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Paterson, N. J. , September 4, 2011 -- September 4th, 2011. -- Residents of Paterson, NJ flood the streets for President Obama's visit to the town. Hurricane Irene caused massive flooding to the area. -- Tim Pioppo/FEMA

Flooding - Prattsville, N. Y. , September 8, 2011 -- It takes heavy equipment to clean up Prattsville after a second evacuation. The river rose again after a day's rain fall. Damage to Prattsville accompanied Hurricane Irene. President Obama issued a disaster declaration for the area on 8/31/11. FEMA Photo/Judith Grafe

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Brandon VT, Vt. , September 11, 2011 -- Main Street of Brandon showing damages that Hurricane Irene left behind. President Obama declared Disaster for the State of Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene. Photo by Angela Drexel

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Killington, Vt. , September 12, 2011 --Irene's torrential rains have caused streets and parking lots to erode and crumble. The Irving gas station is jut one example. President Obama declared a major disaster for Vermont due to tropical storm Irene. FEMA is providing funds for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. Photo by Wendell A. Davis Jr. Killington

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Bridgewater, Vt. , September 12, 2011 --The force of the flash floods in Vermont dumped the remains of this automobile, and lots of other debris, beside Vermont's Route 4 highway. President Obama declared a major disaster for Vermont due to trropical storm Irene. FEMA is in Vermont assisting with Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. Photo by Wendell A. Davis Jr.

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Brandon, Vt. , September 12, 2011 -- Main Street of Brandon showing damages that Hurricane Irene left behind. President Obama declared Disaster for the State of Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene. Photo by Angela Drexel

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Killington, Vt. , September 12, 2011 --Irene's high torrential rains caused streets to crumble as flood water undermined highways such as Route 4. President Obama declared a major disaster for Vermont due to tropical storm Irene. FEMA is in Vermont assisting with Individual Assistance and Public Assistance. Photo by Wendell A. Davis Jr.

Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 -- Residents gathered here today to see if they could catch a glimpse of President Obama during his tour today. The historic boardwalk was destroyed by fierce winds that hit here during Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Tornado - Henryville, Ind. , March 8, 2012 -- Heavy equipment operators begin to remove the debris left behind in the wake of several tornadoes that struck southern Indiana on March 2. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on March 9, just two days after the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were completed in six counties. Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

Tornado - Henryville, Ind. , March 8, 2012 -- Destroyed homes and stripped hillside are all that is left after two tornadoes ripped through the Southern Indiana community of Henryville on March 2. Heavy equipment is needed to remove the thousands of cubic yards of debris that were left in the tornadoes' path. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on March 9, two days after the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were completed in six counties. Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

Tornado - Henryville, Ind. , March 8, 2012 -- A series of tornadoes struck the area on March 2, killed 13 people and left hundreds homeless. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on March 9, two days after the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were completed in six counties. Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

Tornado - Henryville, Ind. , March 8, 2012 -- Local officials walk the damaged neighborhoods of Henryville that was struck by two deadly tornadoes on March 2 to talk with residents cleaning up and provide the latest recovery information. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on March 9, two days after the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were completed in six counties. Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

Tornado - Henryville, Ind. , March 8, 2012 -- The American Flag waves as a symbol of hope over the damaged homes and striped hillside after two tornadoes torn through the community of 1,900 residents in Southern Indiana on March 2. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on March 9, two days after the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments were completed in six counties. Photo by Gene Romano/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 23, 2013 -- Patriot Guard Riders participated in a mass ride in support of the families who lost loved ones to the May 20 tornado. President Obama declared the area a federal disaster and FEMA is providing assistance to affected individuals and families. FEMA/Judith Grafe

Asbury Park, N.J., May 28, 2013 -- A rain-drenched member of the audience holds up a sign of hope at the Asbury Park Convention Hall during President Obama's speech. The president stressed hope and faith in the recovery and relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the Jersey Shore. Rosanna Arias/FEMA

Asbury Park, N.J., May 28, 2013 -- Gov. Christie introduces President Obama at the Asbury Park Convention Hall after they toured Point Pleasant to view the recovery process after Hurricane Sandy hit the coast last fall. Rosanna Arias/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 25, 2013 -- Airmen First Class Perez, left and Forbes from the Oklahoma Air Guard stand watch at Plaza Towers Elementary School which has been fenced off after being damaged by the recent tornado on May 20, 2013. President Obama will visit the area on May 26, 2013. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- This home was extensively damaged by the deadly May 20 tornado. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- A child collects possessions scattered by the deadly May 20 tornado. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors. George Armstrong/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

Moore, Okla., May 26, 2013 -- President Barack Obama, center, speaks with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Sandy Coachman, to his right, and first responders at Fire Department Station 1, after getting a first hand look at a neighborhood impacted by the recent F5 tornado. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, second from left, joined President Obama for the visit.Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Hughes, Alaska, July 7, 2013 -- The Native Tribes have distinct considerations which are associated with the response and recovery efforts related to the Presidentially declared flooding event. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from flooding that occured between May 17 to June 11, 2013. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, June 29, 2013 -- A lake of stranded water still covers the baseball fields hatching a bumper crop of mosquitoes which further stresses the disaster survivors and emergency managers. The major federal disaster, signed by President Obama on June 25, authorizes assistance to individuals and households in Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- The baseball fields backstop sits in ruin as the flood waters of the Yukon left glacial silt, debris and destruction to the community fields. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering federal funding to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected from the flooding. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- The baseball fields flagpole sits in ruin as the flood waters of the Yukon left glacial silt, debris and destruction to the communities park. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering federal funding to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected from the flooding. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, June 30, 2013 -- FEMA specialists provide recovery information to disaster survivors regarding the available programs at this Disaster Recovery Center. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from flooding that occurred from May 17 to June 11, 2013. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- Electrical service is being restored after extensive destruction by the deadly May 20 tornado. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors and Public Assistance under Category F for communities. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- Two survivors of the May 20 deadly tornado are inside their destroyed home. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- Electrical service is being restored after extensive destruction by the deadly May 20 tornado. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors and Public Assistance under Category F for communities. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- State and local transportation employees clean debris from the right-of-way. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 21 and FEMA is here to provide recovery services for eligible storm survivors as well as Public Assistance funds under Category A for debris removal. George Armstrong/FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 26, 2013 -- President Barack Obama, left, speaks with first responders at Fire Department Station 1, after getting a first hand look at a neighborhood impacted by the recent F5 tornado. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, fourth from left, joined President Obama for the visit.Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

President Barack Obama thanks Matt Labbe, FEMA Corps Team Leader (AmeriCorps NCCC - Spruce 5) 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. FEMA Corps, a partnership between FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service, is designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people serving in AmeriCorps

Galena, Alaska, June 30, 2013 -- At the local landfill, debris piles seperate the different types of waste associated with the recent flooding damages. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from flooding that occurred from May 17 to June 11, 2013. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, June 30, 2013 -- In remote areas of the Yukon River, cell phone and internet communication are sparse. The Rapid Communication Ultra High Frequency satellite receiver is a key tool for emergency managers to operate recovery efforts to those affected by recent severe flooding. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from flooding that occurred from May 17 to June 11, 2013. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Moore, Okla., May 22, 2013 -- Military personnel are helping a fellow unit member recover possessions and clean up debris after the May 20 tornado. President Obama signed an expedited Presidential declaration on May 21 and FEMA services are now available for eligible survivors. George Armstrong/FEMA

Galena, Alaska, June 30, 2013 -- At the local landfill, debris piles seperate the different types of waste associated with the recent flooding damages to this community. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from the flooding that occurred. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- After a catastrophic flood along the Yukon River, the waters have receded leaving a wake of debris and destruction to the community baseball field. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering disaster funding to those businesses and individuals who qualify for assistance. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, June 30, 2013 -- FEMA specialists provide recovery information to disaster survivors on the available programs at this Disaster Recovery Center. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help people and communities recover from flooding that occurred from May 17 to June 11, 2013. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Asbury Park, N.J., May 28, 2013 -- A line of people stretching almost two blocks, wait patiently in the rain for a chance to see President Obama at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. During his speech, Obama cheers the strength of the Jersey Shore and its people. Rosanna Arias/FEMA

Asbury Park, N.J., May 28, 2013 -- Gov. Chris Christie briefly greeted the crowd outside Convention Hall in Asbury Park before introducing the President. Gov. Christie and President Obama were at the shore to see the progress that has been made since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- Once the scene of an epic flood, the Yukon River has receded into the riparian corridor. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of federal funds to support those affected by the flooding. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Galena, Alaska, July 30, 2013 -- Once the scene of an epic flood, the Yukon River has receded into the riparian corridor. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of federal funds to support those affected by the flooding. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Washington, D.C., September 12, 2014 -- Members of 2014 class of AmeiCorps take their pledge for service on the South Lawn of the White House. President Obama is joined by former President Bill Clinton as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps Pledge on the south lawn of the White House. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Washington, D.C., September 12, 2014 -- Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer administers the AmeriCorps pledge to over 600 AmeriCorps members on the south lawn of the White House while President Obama and former President Clinton look on. The event was held in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Photo by Matt Harmon/DHS

Wichita, Kansas, March 7, 2014 -- Employees of FEMA's Joint Field Office in Wichita, Kan., process claims from Kansas counties that were affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from July 22 to Aug. 16, 2013. The JFO was opened following President Obama's federal disaster declaration Oct. 22, 2013

Wasahington, D.C., September 12, 2014 -- Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer administers the AmeriCorps pledge to over 600 AmeriCorps members on the south lawn of the White House while President Obama and former President Clinton look on. The event was held in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Photo by Matt Harmon/DHS

"""We'll be here for the long haul"" - Yesterday, President Obama visited with communities in Arkansas impacted by last week's tornadoes. He talked with some of the families who lost loved ones as a result of the tornadoes, as well as some of the first responders, recovery workers, and members of the National Guard that are helping the community recover. "

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