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

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

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

US Navy personnel check a generator during recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the area on September 19th

A sailor repairs a building during recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, which devastated the area on September 19th

Rescue personnel are lowered by crane to a collapsed section of Interstate 880 during recovery efforts at the Cypress portion of the Oakland freeway. The double-deck structure collapsed during a major earthquake which devastated the San Francisco area on October 17

A U.S. Marine CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter prepares to deliver supplies during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marine unload supplies from a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines stand by boxes of supplies brought in to aid victims during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines bring in supplies during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

United States Marines unload supplies from a CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during rescue and recovery efforts in an area which sustained earthquake damage

The Salvage and Rescue ship USS GRASP (ARS 51) operates in Moriches Inlet, Long Island, New York, in support of US Navy diving and recovery efforts where the ill-fated TWA flight 800 crashed on July 17, 1996

US Navy PETTY Officer 2ND (PO2) Class Travis OLeary (left) watches as PO2 Kai Fornes programs critical navigational information in a global positioning satellite transceiver. Both PO2 OLeary and Fornes are assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Six, Charleston, SC supporting search and recovery efforts for TWA flight 800 crash site

BGEN Don Streater, commander of the A-10 recovery team conducts a live interview with ABC's Good Morning America regarding the status of the recovery efforts near Gold Dust Peak. CPT Robyn Chumley (far left), Public Affairs officer, takes notes on the questions asked and answers given so that an outbrief can be conducted with the general after the telecast

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Broken Hearted Man" CATEGORY: Portrait PLACE: Third Place Portrait CAPTION INFORMATION: Bilgen Ozbek uses an umbrella to offset the rain falling at a Turkish "tent city" but he probably wouldn't even notice if he were without the rain blocker: many of his friends and loved ones were killed days earlier in Turkey's killer earthquake. (Service members from all branches helped in recovery efforts) IMAGE FILE #DD-SP-01-00059

Military Photographer of the Year Winner 1999 TITLE: "Those We Help" CATEGORY: Picture Story PLACE: First Place Picture Story CAPTION INFORMATION: After Turkey's devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people last year, the American military assisted in recovery efforts. Sailors from ships worked side by side with Marines and Airmen in setting up tents, distributing food and giving medical care. IMAGE FILE #DD-SP-01-00031

A tent erected on the Pentagon south parking lot September 12, 2001, to manage recovery efforts in the aftermath of the September 11th terror attack. Shortly after 8 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757-200, shortly after it took off from Dulles International Airport just outside Washington DC. The hijackers herded up the 64 passengers toward the rear of the aircraft using knives and paper cutters then flew a circuitous route that took them away then back toward Washington. At about 9:45 a.m. they flew the aircraft and passengers...

US President George W. Bush visits the Pentagon to survey damage and commend the joint rescue and recovery efforts currently underway the following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The morning before, in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, then flew a circuitous route returning to Washington and impacting the Pentagon killing all 64 passengers onboard and 125 people on the ground. The impact destroyed or damaged four of the five rings in that section of the building

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry render honors as fire fighters and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon as rescue and recovery efforts continued following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The flag, a garrison flag, sent from the US Army Band at nearby Fort Myer, Virginia, is the largest authorized (20 x 38) flag for the military. Shortly after 8 AM on September 11, 2001 in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a group of fundamentalist Islamic Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757-200, from Dulles International Airport just outside Washington DC. About 9:30 AM they flew the aircraft and 64 ...

Recovery efforts continue at the Pentagon on September 13, 2001. The morning of September 11th, in an attempt to frighten the American people, five members of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group of fundamentalist Muslims, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, then deliberately impacted the Pentagon killing all 64 passengers onboard and 125 people on the ground. The impact destroyed or damaged four of the five rings in that section of the building. Firefighters fought the fire through the night. The Pentagon was the third target by four hijacked aircraft, the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) were the other targets, and one unknown when the passengers brought the aircraft down in a...

MASTER Sergeant (MSGT) Tony Laudcina, USAF, 305th Security Police Squadron (SPS), McGuire AFB, New Jersey, monitors a thermal imaging camera while flying over the rubble of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. The hand held camera is mounted on a MH-53M helicopter from 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlbert Field, Florida. The 305th SPS is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid engineers on the ground. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the WTC site

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is to the south, the World Financial Center (WFC) towers π American Express (pyramid), WFC tower two (dome) and WFC tower 1 (Oppenheimer, Dow Jones). Governors Island in Upper New York Bay is in the background

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is to the west, with an American flag draped on one of the World Financial Center (WFC) towers. The Hudson River is in the background

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is toward the south, with an American flag draped on one of the World Financial Center (WFC) towers

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is toward the northwest, with an American flag draped on World Financial Center (WFC) tower two, and the Verizon Building on the right

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is toward the northeast, World Financial Center (WFC) tower three (American Express) (left), the Verizon Building (with 75 Park Place behind it) and the US Post Office (right)

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is to the east, in the foreground the Hudson River and The North Cove Marina with the World Financial Center (WFC) towers behind it

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is to the south, World Financial Center (WFC) tower 1 (Oppenheimer, Dow Jones) in the upper right corner. Visible also is the bridge connecting the WTC and WFC

An aerial view, days after the terrorist attacks on American soil, the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) sit as a pile of rubble in the streets of New York City. The rescue and recovery efforts continue with tons of debris slowly removed from the site. The view is toward the west, with an American flag draped on World Financial Center (WFC) tower two. The Hudson River is in the background

In the middle of the recovery efforts at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA), Bill Ayotte (left), Debris Manager of the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) recovery effort, speaks to the news media

U.S. Air Force members from the 45th Hurricane Recovery Team, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., identify key buildings needed to establish operational readiness at the base once Hurricane Frances, the largest storm in recorded to date, hits the state and moves through central Florida. Due to a loss in electricity the team uses flashlights to continue working the recovery efforts at their location in Malabar, Fla., on Sept. 4, 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by MASTER Sergeant Efrain Gonzalez) (Released)

Weathering the storm U.S. Air Force members from the 45th Hurricane Recovery Team, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., pass their time however they can, waiting for the storm to pass before they begin their recovery efforts. A team of 57 military and civilian personnel assigned to the Team are weathering the effects of Hurricane Frances at an Air Force annex in Malabar, Fla., on Sept. 5, 2004. The small annex is located a few miles southwest of Patrick and has facilities strong enough to weather the storm effects of a hurricane. Once the hurricane moves through central Florida the recovery teams will deploy to Patrick to secure the base and establish flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo...

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

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, 9-25-05 -- President George W Bush takes time for a photo with FEMA Workers at the Joint Field Office. President Bush was in the area to gather first hand information from Admiral Thad Allen (background) about the recovery efforts of Hurricane Katrina and damage from Hurricane Rita. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA., October 2, 2005 -- Fire trucks line the street to return to the French Quarter Fire Station. The fire station is currently housing fire fighters from around the county who have come to New Orleans to help with the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.Patricia Brach/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA October 4, 2005 - Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) asks Admiral Thad Allen, FEMA Principal Federal Official for Gulf Coast Operations, about recovery efforts in the areas hardest hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Photo by Greg Henshall / FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush on a helicopter tour of the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coast. President Bush is on a tour to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush speaks with FEMA representative Meredith Chandler during his visit to the Waveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). President Bush is touring the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coasts to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Hancock County, Miss., September 8, 2005 -- Former President George H. W. Bush visits the Waveland Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). President Bush is touring the Mississippi and Louisiana gulf coasts to see the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing recovery efforts. FEMA/Mark Wolfe

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., November 3, 2005 -- The Hwy 90 bridge from Biloxi to Ocean Springs lies in a twisted mass as result of catastrophic wind and storm surge from Hurricane Katrina. Road closure along the coastal area has complicated recovery efforts. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., November 7, 2005 -- Mrs. Marsha D. Barbour, wife of Governor Haley R. Barbour, acts as his representative at the Jackson FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) Strategy Meeting. FEMA and MEMA are partners in the recovery efforts for those Mississippians impacted by Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 - Vice Admiral Thad Allen fields questions at a briefing regarding recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, December 19, 2005 - Vice Admiral Thad Allen and Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security speak at a briefing regarding ongoing recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Cameron, LA, January 11, 2006 - Cameron Elementary School is severly damaged by Hurricane Rita. FEMA has set up camp in Cameron to assist in the recovery efforts of this and other affected communities. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Cameron, LA, January 11, 2006 - Cameron Elementary School has been destroyed by Hurricane Rita, displacing its 247 students and 21 teachers. FEMA is coordinating recovery efforts along with the State of Louisiana to assist Cameron Parish residents and businesses. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Cameron, LA, January 11, 2006 - Only the steel frame and basketball rims of Cameron Elementary School's Gymnasium stand after Hurricane Rita ravaged Southwest Louisiana. FEMA funds and supports the recovery efforts underway now in Cameron Parish. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Cameron, LA, January 11, 2006 - One of the tents at Camp Cameron set up to sleep FEMA and State personnel as they contribute to the recovery efforts in Cameron Parish. Hurricane Rita destroyed the area in September 2005 and much of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, January 24, 2006 - A congressional staff briefing is conducted at the Joint Field Office in Baton Rouge regarding recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Baton Rouge, LA, January 24, 2006 - State Coordinating Officer Jeff Smith (L) and Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells (R) present updates on recovery efforts regarding Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during a Louisiana congressional staff briefing at the Joint Field Office in Baton Rouge. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Deputy Secretary P. Lynn Scarlett, far right, conversing with Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke, second from right, and Land Management Deputy Director Larry Benna, third right, at awards event, at Department of Interior headquarters, honoring Interior staff contributions to response and recovery efforts after 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes

Deputy Secretary P. Lynn Scarlett speaking at awards event, at Department of Interior headquarters, honoring Interior staff contributions to response and recovery efforts after 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-31-06 -- FCO/PFO Vice Admiral Thad Allen (USCG) introduces his replacement for FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson at a FEMA All-Hands meeting. Vice Admiral Thad Allen is touring the Hurricane stricken Gulf States coordinating recovery efforts. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 01-31-06 -- FCO/PFO Vice Admiral Thad Allen and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery Gil Jamieson address members of the Department of Justice Task Force at the New Orleans FEMA Area Field Office. Vice Admiral Thad Allen and Gil Jamieson are meeting with the Department of Justice Task Force to assist them in coordinating recovery efforts. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

A US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (MHM-262) (Reinforced), onboard the flight deck of the USN Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), before departing to assist with humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts at Saint Bernard, Philippines, at the request of the Philippine government. This relief effort is a result of a mudslide, which devastated the town of Guinsahugon located in the southern part of the island of Leyte in the Philippines. (SUBSTANDARD)

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides] Vacaville, CA, Feb., 22, 2006 - FEMA PIO John Treanor is interviewed by ABC 10 NEWS about recovery efforts regarding recent flooding around Solano County. Photo by Adam DuBrowa.

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., February 22, 2006 -- Congressman Gene Taylor (left) discusses the recovery efforts in Mississippi with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Nick Russo. Congressman Taylor stopped by the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Biloxi to thank FEMA employees for their work in the state. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., February 22, 2006 -- Congressman Gene Taylor (left) discusses the recovery efforts in Mississippi with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Nick Russo. Congressman Taylor stopped by the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Biloxi to thank FEMA employees for their work in the state. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., February 22, 2006 -- FEMA Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer (DFCO) Jesse Munoz (left) and Human Services Branch Director Bob Weber speak with Congressman Gene Taylor at the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Biloxi. Rep. Taylor is checking on the status of the recovery efforts in Mississippi. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., February 22, 2006 -- Congressman Gene Taylor (left) discusses the recovery efforts in Mississippi with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Nick Russo. Congressman Taylor stopped by the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Biloxi to thank FEMA employees for their work in the state. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 3-3-06 -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert R-Ill, speak to other lawmakers and the media at the site of 9th Ward Industrial Canal breach. Speakers Hastert's delegation came to inspect the progress of recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast areas hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Rita] Lake Charles, LA, March 31, 2006 - Louisiana Recovery Authority's Andy Kopplin provides information on recovery activities at the Intergovernmental Affairs Information Day in Lake Charles. This is one of many scheduled events to give opportunity to gather information on recovery efforts and to voice concerns as Louisiana moves forward. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 1, 2006 _ The direction of Hurricane Katrina's devastating wind and storm surge is evident from this photo taken from a Biloxi marina. Recovery efforts include the demolition of many structures too damaged to repair within FEMA Mitigation requirements. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - John Crowley, FEMA Chief of Staff, greets Governor Haley Barbour as he enters the MEMA/FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) this morning for a visit before a joint press conference this afternoon, as Lea Stokes, MEMA Public Relations Director, and Ashley Roth, MEMA Public Information Coordinator, stand by. The state and FEMA are partners in preparation for the new hurricane season as well as in recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Mary Lynne Miller, acting FEMA Regional Director, Region IV, discusses recovery efforts with Brian Sanderson, Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Recovery and Renewal, during the Governor's visit to the MEMA/FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) today. The state and FEMA are working together to overcome the impact of Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 4-21-06 -- Dorothy Davison, Nurse Practitioner, briefs Don Powell Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding and FEMA FCO Scott Wells on operations at the Methodist Hospital Temporary Site location. Mr. Powell came to check the status of Disaster Recovery from Hurricane Katrina and wanted to know what role other agencies were playing in the recovery efforts. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 4-21-06 -- Don Powell Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding and FEMA FCO Scott Wells talk about recovery efforts in the 9th Ward. Mr. Powell came to check the status of Disaster Recovery from Hurricane Katrina and saw first hand Debris removal efforts in the 9th Ward. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] Gulfport, Miss., April 27, 2006 - Kent Adcock, an Associate Director with Habitat for Humanity International, prepares to raise a wall with AmeriCorps*NCCC members Meredith MacMillan, Sarah Graham, Jacob Courville, Lori Hermosillo, and Starbucks corporate volunteers. AmeriCorps*NCCC is partnering with Harrison County Habitat to build bunkhouses for volunteers assisting in recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Rita] Cameron, LA, September 6, 2006 -- One year after Hurricane Rita ravaged Southwest Louisiana. FEMA funds supported the recovery efforts of this Elementary School in Cameron Parish. Alberto Pillot/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 1-21-06 -- Linda and Jack Biven put their thoughts on post-it paper which they will then "post" to the "post" boards about how they think their neighborhood should be rebuilt. FEMA is assisting the Louisiana Recovery Authority "Collecting the Voices" of Jefferson Parash residents reguarding Long Term Recovery. "Louisiana Recovery Planning Day" at 19 Parashes and 11 Cities is an important part of FEMA's Long Term Community Recovery (LTCR) effort, which is being coordinated though the LRA and LTCR partners. The FEMA sponsored event is an important step in recovery efforts. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 1-21-06 -- Members of the "Louisiana Recovery Planning Day" team look over the results of St. Bernard Parash residents "Voices" about rebuilding their neighborhood. FEMA is assisting the Louisiana Recovery Authority "Collecting the Voices" of St. Bernard Parash residents reguarding Long Term Recovery. "Louisiana Recovery Planning Day" at 19 Parashes and 11 Cities is an important part of FEMA's Long Term Community Recovery (LTCR) effort, which is being coordinated though the LRA and LTCR partners. The FEMA sponsored event is an important step in recovery efforts. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Kingfisher, OK, August 20, 2007 -- An incident command center monitors local activity and coordinates rescue operations for the flooding. FEMA is working with state and local officials to help with recovery efforts. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Kingfisher, OK, August 20, 2007 -- Enid News & Eagle Reporter Robert Barron interviews FEMA PIO Charles Henderson about FEMA's role in the recovery efforts from the flooding in Kingfisher. 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] La Crosse, WI, August 25, 2007 -- A rail road employee photographs a damaged freight car after it was salvaged. The car contains hazardous materials that had to be contained. Firefirghters from La Crosse and other towns in Southwest Wisconsin worked with other State, Federal and railroad officials to successful contain the hazardous materials that spilled when a train carrying the material was knocked off the track during a recent flood. FEMA is working with these officials to help with recovery efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] La Crosse, WI, August 25, 2007 -- An incident command center monitors local activity. FEMA is working with state and local officials to help with recovery efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] La Crosse, WI, August 25, 2007 -- A hazmat Firefighter from La Crosse, WI climbs into the response truck after successfully salvaging a damaged container containing hazardous materials in Southwest Wisconsin. A train derailed when flood waters hit the train. FEMA is working with these officials to help with recovery efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Findlay, Ohio September 4, 2007 -- FEMA photographer Mark Wolfe working on a computer testing transmission lines at the Joint Field Office (JFO). During a disaster FEMA brings in photographers to document response and recovery efforts. John Ficara/FEMA

[Wildfires] El Cajon, CA, October 28, 2007 -- Nick Ho, a Community Relations Specialist from Austin, hands a FEMA assistance information pamphlet to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during his visit Sunday at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. Other CR Team members looked on as Ho explained FEMA's recovery efforts at the center. FEMA is just one of more than 25 local, county, state, and federal agencies represented at the LAC designed to assist victims of the recent wildfires. FEMA Photo by Gene Romano.

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides] Chehalis, WA, December 10, 2007 -- Severe storms causes extensive flooding in Lewis County Washington. Floodwaters destoy farms, roads, businesses and homes for thousands of residents. The December 8th disaster destroyed this mobile home park. Workers remove destroyed housing. With a Federal Declaration FEMA responds with assistance to state and local governments. The aid will help individuals and local governments in the recovery efforts. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides] Chehalis, WA, December 10, 2007 -- Severe storms causes extensive flooding in Lewis County Washington. Water remains on farmland along Rt. 6 near Chehalis. Floodwaters damaged farms, roads, businesses and homes affecting thousands of residents. With a Federal Declaration FEMA responds with assistance to state and local governments. The aid will help individuals and local governments in the recovery efforts. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

[Severe Winter Storms] Oklahoma City, OK, 12/12/2007 -- Albert Ashwood, Director of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (left), and Phillip Parr, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (right), answer reporters' questions about recovery efforts in the wake of the December 8 ice storm. Earl Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Winter Storms] Oklahoma City, OK, December 12, 2007 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Phil Parr discusses recovery efforts with a reporter during a tour of an Oklahoma City neighborhood hit hard by the December 8 ice storm. Earl Armstrong/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides] Camp Murray, WA, December 15, 2007 - Thomas Davies (l), a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO), is interviewed with Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, and Major General Timothy Lowenberg, adjutant general of Washington. Severe storms and flooding affected numerous counties in Washington. With a Federal Declaration FEMA responds with assistance to state and local governments. The aid will help individuals and local governments in the recovery efforts. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2008 -- Libby Turner, Federal Coordinating Officer, (FCO) for the Federal Emergency Management Office's (FEMA) recovery efforts in Georgia meeting with FEMA staff. Atlanta suffered damage after a tornado hit the city center. FEMA will provide help to individuals, businesses, and local governments for recovery. Leif Skoogfors/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Flooding] Cape Girardeau, MO, March 27, 2008 -- FEMA Representative Carmen Rodriguez views damage in Cape Girardeau area. FEMA is there to help residents recover from recent flooding. Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Windsor, Colorado, May 26, 2008 -- Gloria Rodriguez, a Windsor resident served up hot fresh burritos for volunteers. Photo: Michael Rieger/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding] Waverly, IA, June 14, 2008 -- Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA meets with FEMA Congressional representative Jodi Bruckner before a town hall meeting in Waverly, IA with residents affected by recent flooding. He and Senator Tom Harkins, D-IA meet with local residents to hear their concerns about the recovery efforts being conducted by FEMA and state and local agencies. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Madison, WI - FEMA Assistant Administrator for Disaster Assistance Carlos Castillo (left) briefs Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (right) on the recovery efforts now underway in the state. Also attending the briefing and providing the governor with updates are (left to right): FEMA Region 5 Administrator Edward G. Buikema; Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Johnnie Smith; and FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont. FEMA photo by Win Henderson

[Hurricane Dolly] Port Isabel, Texas, July 28, 2008 -- Transformers sit in a staging area in Port Isabel waiting for crews to bring them to towns in South Texas which lost power during Hurricane Dolly. Power companies from around the United States sent crews to help with the recovery efforts in South Texas. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

[Hurricane Dolly] McAllen,TX, August 5, 2008 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Sandy Coachman addresses Congressional staff at a briefing held at the Joint Field Office. In a continuing effort to support the needs of constituents, Congressional members and staffers were invited to visit the Federal /State Joint Field Office, to receive updates on the recovery process, see the operations and receive answers to questions they may have regarding the recovery efforts for Hurricane Dolly.

[Hurricane Ike] Washington, DC, September 15, 2008 -- FEMA Administrator Paulison at the podium reporting on recovery efforts for Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Ike. With him on the platform to his are l - r, Kevin Kolevar, Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy (back to camera), Rear Admiral W. Craig Vanderwagen, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (back to camera), (Mr. Paulison at podium), Joe Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services, American Red Cross. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Severe Storm - San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 3, 2008 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernandez meets with Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency to coordinate recovery efforts following recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Severe Storm - Arroyo, Puerto Rico, October 28, 2008 -- FEMA Congressional Affairs representative, Nestor Llamas prepares to meet with meet with the Arroyo Mayor, Basilio Figueroa de Jesus to discuss recovery efforts following the recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Severe Storm - Arroyo, Puerto Rico, October 28, 2008 -- FEMA Congressional Affairs representative, Nestor Llamas and Public Information officer, Maria Davila meet with the Arroyo Mayor, Basilio Figueroa to Jesus to discuss recovery efforts following the recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Flooding - Humacao, Puerto Rico, October 29, 2008 -- Community Relation's Edwin Class and Jose Vidal take notes during presentation given by Public Information Officer, Maria Malave. FEMA officials met with Common Wealth emergency officials and with directors and coordinators from local organizations to discuss recovery efforts on the recent floods that affected the island. Ashley Andujar/FEMA

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Juncos, Puerto Rico, November 1, 2008 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernandez and Public Information Officer, Maria Davila meet with the Juncos Mayor, Alfredo Alejandro Carrion to discuss recovery efforts following the recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Juncos, Puerto Rico, November 1, 2008 -- FEMA Congressional Affairs representative, Nestor Llamas meets with the Juncos Mayor, Alfredo Alejandro Carrion to discuss recovery efforts following the recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Severe Storm - Juncos, Puerto Rico, November 1, 2008 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Justo Hernandez and Puerto Rico GAR, Jose Pineiro prepare to meet with the Juncos Mayor, Alfredo Alejandro Carrion to discuss recovery efforts following the recent flooding in Puerto Rico. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Galveston, Texas, November 13, 2008 -- FEMA Deputy Director, Admiral Harvey Johnson gives a FEMA shirt to Celeste DeLisle, after she was sworn in as the first local hire in the Galveston, Texas area. FEMA is committed to working with local officials to provide employment to local residents who have skills that are needed to assist in the recovery efforts. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Dam/Levee Break ^ Flooding - Valley City, N. D. , April 16, 2009 --An aerial view of Valley City, ND shows the extent of flooding by the Sheyenne River. FEMA is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and State and local officials to assist with the protection and recovery efforts being conducted in the Red River valley. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Dam/Levee Break ^ Flooding - LaMoure, N. D. , April 16, 2009 -- A breach at the LaMoure lake levee, has ocurred and water from the Sheyenne River is released. FEMA is working with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and State and local officials to assist with the protection and recovery efforts being conducted in the Red River valley. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

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