Photo Recap: Disaster Recovery Underway Across the U.S.

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We’ve had an active winter and spring as we head into the summer months. We have photographers deployed to several states capturing the impacts of severe weather, along with response and recovery efforts underway for events ranging from the SR 530 mudslide in Washington to severe storms and tornadoes that swept through several states in the South.

Since I working closely with our field photographers, I see some incredible images come across my desk. I wanted to share some of these photos that show some of the great work being done on the ground. We remain committed to helping disaster survivors in their time of need recover from these devastating events and encourage everyone to visit the state’s disaster page for updates on ongoing recovery efforts: Washington, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Arkansas.

To see more photos from these states or other photos, visit the FEMA Media Library.

 Ensley, FL, May 21, 2014 -- FEMA Disability Integration Coordinator, Mike Houston uses sign language to communicate with disaster survivor, Paul Barnes Jr.. FEMA deaf interpreter, Ronda Reinkel and FEMA Corps registrar, Marie Orechoff assist Mr. Barnes in applying for Federal disaster assistance after torrential rain from a pair of thunderstorm triggered major flash flooding in his Pensacola neighborhood. Andrea Booher/FEMA Ensley, FL, May 21, 2014 -- FEMA Disability Integration Coordinator, Mike Houston uses sign language to communicate with disaster survivor, Paul Barnes Jr.. FEMA deaf interpreter, Ronda Reinkel and FEMA Corps registrar, Marie Orechoff assist Mr. Barnes in applying for Federal disaster assistance after torrential rain from a pair of thunderstorm triggered major flash flooding in his Pensacola neighborhood. Andrea Booher/FEMA

 Pensacola, FL, May 15, 2014 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) member Marie Orechoff checks on the FEMA application status of Toni Talley in Brownsville, Florida. Andrea Booher/FEMA Pensacola, FL, May 15, 2014 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) member Marie Orechoff checks on the FEMA application status of Toni Talley in Brownsville, Florida. Andrea Booher/FEMA

 Crescent Lake, Fla., May 10, 2014 -- FEMA Corps members Stacy Kolcum and David Curry answer FEMA application questions of Crescent Lake residents, Bruce and Kimberly Wakefield. Kolcum and Curry are members of FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) who were deployed to Florida following major flash flooding along parts of the Florida Panhandle. Andrea Booher/FEMA Crescent Lake, Fla., May 10, 2014 -- FEMA Corps members Stacy Kolcum and David Curry answer FEMA application questions of Crescent Lake residents, Bruce and Kimberly Wakefield. Kolcum and Curry are members of FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) who were deployed to Florida following major flash flooding along parts of the Florida Panhandle. Andrea Booher/FEMA

 Kenyatta Jones, Amy James, Jara Mehca, Stephanie Morring, and Bo Price. Ed Edahl/FEMA Athens, Ala., May14, 2014 -- Local and not so local church members provided much appreciated labor and good cheer for survivors of the recent tornado. From left are: Kenyatta Jones, Amy James, Jara Mehca, Stephanie Morring, and Bo Price. Ed Edahl/FEMA

 Athenes, Ala., May 14, 2014 -- Storms, straight line winds and a tornado destroyed large patches of neighborhoods near Athens, Ala. Debris is a major expense for FEMA as well as the survivors. Ed Edahl/FEMA Athens, Ala., May 14, 2014 -- Storms, straight line winds and a tornado destroyed large patches of neighborhoods near Athens, Ala. Debris is a major expense for FEMA as well as the survivors. Ed Edahl/FEMA

 Athens, Ala., May 14, 2014 -- Contractors using chain saws, hand tools, and light mechanized machinery clear debris near Athens, Ala. FEMA is working to assist residents who have been impacted by the recent storms. Ed Edahl/FEMA Athens, Ala., May 14, 2014 -- Contractors using chain saws, hand tools, and light mechanized machinery clear debris near Athens, Ala. FEMA is working to assist residents who have been impacted by the recent storms. Ed Edahl/FEMA

 aerial photograph taken May 14 shows the progress made by the US Army Corps of Engineer's efforts to drain the water from the site. Top: aerial photograph taken the day after the SR 530 slide, March 23, which shows the debris and water that accumulated as a result of the slide. Bottom: aerial photograph taken May 14 shows the progress made by the US Army Corps of Engineer's efforts to drain the water from the site.

 Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- Almost two months after the SR 530 slide, the view from the base of the collapsed hillside shows a portion of the area affected. The slide area measures 315 acres. Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- Almost two months after the SR 530 slide, the view from the base of the collapsed hillside shows a portion of the area affected. The slide area measures 315 acres.

 Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- An excavator removes debris from SR 530 after it was obstructed by a slide March 22. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway to the public. Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- An excavator removes debris from SR 530 after it was obstructed by a slide March 22. Efforts are underway to reopen the highway to the public. - Location: , WA

 Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- Workers clear State Route 530 of debris from a slide that took place March 22. Efforts are being made to reopen the highway. Oso, Wash., May 19, 2014 -- Workers clear State Route 530 of debris from a slide that took place March 22. Efforts are being made to reopen the highway.

 Mayflower, AR, May 17, 2014 – A Team Rubicon volunteer removes debris from a home and property on Plantation Drive 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. Mayflower, AR, May 17, 2014 – A Team Rubicon volunteer removes debris from a home and property on Plantation Drive 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.

 Mayflower, AR, May 17, 2014 – Team Rubicon volunteers remove debris from a home and property on Plantation Drive 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. Mayflower, AR, May 17, 2014 – Team Rubicon volunteers remove debris from a home and property on Plantation Drive 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.

 Vilonia, AR, May 19, 2014 –United Methodist Disaster Relief volunteers remove debris and install temporary mobile trailers after the Vilonia United Methodist Church 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. Vilonia, AR, May 19, 2014 –United Methodist Disaster Relief volunteers remove debris and install temporary mobile trailers after the Vilonia United Methodist Church 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.

 Pearl, Miss., May 17, 2014 -- The FEMA/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Disaster Recovery Center table at the Pearl Day Festival. The table is staffed by FEMA's Doretha Fullard and Stacey Bluford and MEMA's Loretta Thorpe. Residents in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson, Warren, Lee, Lowdnes, Madison, Wayne, Rankin and Winston counties whose property was damaged by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi may now apply for federal assistance, and are encouraged to apply, to FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362, (TTY) (800) 462-7585, or by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. FEMA/Bill Koplitz Pearl, Miss., May 17, 2014 -- The FEMA/Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Disaster Recovery Center table at the Pearl Day Festival. The table is staffed by FEMA's Doretha Fullard and Stacey Bluford and MEMA's Loretta Thorpe. Residents in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson, Warren, Lee, Lowdnes, Madison, Wayne, Rankin and Winston counties whose property was damaged by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi may now apply for federal assistance, and are encouraged to apply, to FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362, (TTY) (800) 462-7585, or by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

 Columbus, Miss., May 15, 2014 -- Red Cross Volunteer from Jackson, Miss., Eons Catchings Sr. is standing at the back of his truck that he just drove to Columbus, Miss. with 185 30 pound boxes of food donated by the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson for the citizens of Columbus. The food willl be distributed by The Salvation Army. Residents in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson, Warren, Lee, Lowdnes, Madison, Wayne, Rankin and Winston counties whose property was damaged by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi may now apply for federal assistance, and are encouraged to apply, to FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362, (TTY) (800) 462-7585, or by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Bill Koplitz/FEMA Columbus, Miss., May 15, 2014 -- Red Cross Volunteer from Jackson, Miss., Eons Catchings Sr. is standing at the back of his truck that he just drove to Columbus, Miss. with 185 30 pound boxes of food donated by the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson for the citizens of Columbus. The food willl be distributed by The Salvation Army. Residents in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Montgomery, Simpson, Warren, Lee, Lowdnes, Madison, Wayne, Rankin and Winston counties whose property was damaged by the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi may now apply for federal assistance, and are encouraged to apply, to FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362, (TTY) (800) 462-7585, or by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

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05/23/2014 - 16:54
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