Texas Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia (EM-3171)

Incident period: February 1, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 1, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 5, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- On Feb. 1, when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart and fell across East Texas and western Louisiana, no one could envision the magnitude of the event and the tremendous number of people and agencies that would eventually become a part the recovery effort. This is a look at the three-month operation to help get the NASA shuttle flying again.
May 5, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, headquartered in Dallas played one of the major roles in the collection of Columbia Shuttle material, responding to hazardous material reports while managing the packaging and transportation of items to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
April 28, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The Lufkin-based Disaster Field Office (DFO), headquarters for the Columbia Shuttle recovery operation, will close Saturday, May 10. The DFO opened Feb.1 as a result of President Bush's emergency declaration naming the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the lead federal agency for the recovery effort. The office, located at 415 S. First Street in Lufkin, provided a base of operations for more than 100 federal, state, and local recovery agencies.
April 24, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The management of search operations for East Texas and select areas of Nevada, Utah and New Mexico will be handed off to NASA by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 30. On that date, NASA takes over all management functions with the establishment of a Columbia Recovery Office (CRO) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Facts as of April 24 -
April 23, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Ground and air search operations for the Columbia Shuttle Recovery in East Texas are expected to end on Wednesday, April 30. This date also signals the transition of management of all continuing recovery operations west of Texas from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to NASA.
April 17, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- In keeping with the plan to transition the full Columbia Shuttle Recovery operation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to NASA, all East Texas ground search and air search operations are projected to conclude on April 30. Specific searches in selected areas of Utah, Nevada and New Mexico will continue beyond April 30.

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