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[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 3, 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison (center) and Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Michael Bolch (in FEMA hat) during a visit to Americus to personally view the damage that occurred due to tornadoes. The tornadoes hit during the afternoon and evening of March 1. Hope Bresch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 3, 2007 -- President Bush and FEMA Director David Paulison (to the right of the President) visit Americus to view the damage done by the recent tornadoes. The tornadoes hit during the afternoon and evening of March 1. Hope Bresch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 3, 2007 -- President Bush visits Americus to view the damage done by the recent tornadoes. The tornadoes hit during the afternoon and evening of March 1. Hope Bresch/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) representative Mickey DePaolo speaks with a resident affected by the Georgia tornadoes. CR personnel go door to door to educate residents about FEMA programs. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA blue tarps cover roofs damaged by the Georgia tornadoes. The blue roofs are only a temporary measure to keep interiors dry until the roof can be repaired. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A FEMA representative speaks with a resident affected by the Georgia tornadoes at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. DRCs are set up in disaster areas to give affected residents a place to go with questions about the FEMA recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A drug store that was damaged by a tornado remains open in Americus after the recent Georgia tornadoes. The drug store is located near the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Residents affected by the Georgia tornadoes await their turn to be received into the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. DRCs are set up in disaster areas to give affected residents a place to go with questions about the FEMA recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A FEMA mitigation representative speaks with a resident affected by the Georgia tornadoes. FEMA promotes rebuilding damaged homes stronger and safer through their mitigation program. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A business destroyed by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A Worker installs a new fence before construction repairs are started at the Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was damage extensively by the Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Trucks dump vegetative waste and front end loaders push it into a large pile at the temporary debris site located at the Sumter County airport. The Georgia tornadoes created a large amount of vegetative and construction debris. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Public Information Officer (PIO) Rita Egan (left) speaks with Vernon Jones Dekalb County, Ga. CEO. Mr. Jones has provided Dekalb County resources to Americus to help with the recovery from the Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Public Information Officer (PIO) Rita Egan (right) speaks with a radio station representative. PIOs diseminate information to the media to help inform the public about FEMA programs. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) representatives Jill Harper (left) and Nelson Andrews speak with a resident whose home has been deemed unlivable by local authorities. The resident's home was severely damaged by the Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A home damaged and made roofless by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- The tops of pine trees were snapped like twigs by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Power company workers install new powerlines downed by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A phone company worker repairs phone lines downed by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes knocked down many power and phone poles. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) representatives Jill Harper (left) and Nelson Andrews (center) speak with a resident affected by the Georgia tornadoes. CR personnel take information about FEMA directly to the people affected by disasters. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Workers pick up debris left by the Georgia tornadoes using a front shovel. The debris will be moved to a collection site and then be disposed of. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- The entrance to the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. The DRC is set up to help residents affected by the Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A FEMA representative welcomes and orients residents affected by the Georgia tornadoes to the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. DRCs are set up in disaster areas to give affected residents a place to go with questions about the FEMA recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Roofers begin to repair this damaged roof that has been temporarily covered by a FEMA blue tarp. The blue roofs are only a temporary measure to keep interiors dry until a roof can be repaired. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A house destroyed by the Georgia tornadoes shows how it is structurally important to properly design concrete block walls with steel reinforcement. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) representative Wayne Trent speaks with roofers about registering for FEMA relief. CR personnel go directly to the public to find those affected by disasters. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Workers use front end loaders to push vegetative waste into a large pile at the temporary debris site located at the Sumter County airport while another worker uses a grader to keep the road level. The Georgia tornadoes created a large amount of vegetative and construction debris. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA has placed large electronic signs out to alert residents to the location of the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. The DRC is set up to help residents affected by the Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- FEMA Community Relations (CR) representative Wayne Trent (left) speaks with a resident affected by the Georgia tornadoes. CR personnel go into neighborhoods to inform the public about registering for FEMA programs. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- The Salvation Army and American Red Cross are set up and ready to help at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. DRCs are set up in disaster areas to give affected residents a place to go with questions about the recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- This house was destroyed by a tornado/s. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Residents affected by the Georgia tornadoes tele-register with FEMA at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Americus. DRCs are set up in disaster areas to give affected residents a place to go with questions about the FEMA recovery process. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- Sumter Regional Hospital was damaged extensively by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused damage in many areas of Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- A house destroyed by the Georgia tornadoes shows how interior closets can be safer than rooms with exterior walls. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 8, 2007 -- The interior of a supermarket destroyed by the Georgia tornadoes. The tornadoes caused extensive damage in Georgia. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 12, 2007 -- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (plaid shirt) tours the temporary hospital facilities set up across the street from the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was badly damaged by the recent Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 12, 2007 -- Interior of the temporary triage and registration tent across the street from the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was badly damaged by the recent Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 12, 2007 -- An EMT and a doctor push a new patient into the temporary emergency room across the street from the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was badly damaged by the recent Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 12, 2007 -- Exterior entrance of the temporary emergency room across the street from the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was badly damaged by the recent Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, March 12, 2007 -- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (plaid shirt) visits the temporary hospital facilities set up across the street from the damaged Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was badly damaged by the recent Georgia tornadoes. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, April 3, 2007 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Bolch (center) inspects Cogim modular units delivered to the site of Sumter Regional Hospital's former HealthPlex destroyed by a tornado in early March. Stocked by FEMA for use in disasters, the components can be assembled into various configurations, in this case a 70,000 sq.ft. interim hospital, the first such use of the Cogim system in the United States. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

[Severe Storms and Tornadoes] Americus, GA, June 29, 2006 -- Cogim modular units (left) supplied by FEMA through its Public Assistance program, are being assembled into a 70,000 sq. ft., 70-bed interim medical complex slated to open this fall on the site of Sumter Regional Hospital's former HealthPlex annex destroyed in March 2007 by a tornado that also severely damaged the main facility. FEMA officials announced the unique application of the Cogim system at a joint news conference hosted with Sumter Regional Hospial and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Terry Ingram/FEMA

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