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

March 6, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- As of March 5, 2003, 64 residents from Virginia have joined the interagency task force searching for Columbia shuttle material in Texas, according to recovery officials today.
March 6, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Since mid-February, when the first interagency crews began searching for shuttle materials, an average of 3,000 searchers a day have covered more than 103,000 acres and found about 22,100 pieces of material, recovery officials announced today. "These crews have endured cold, rain and dense vegetation in their work and have accomplished it with great resolve and fortitude," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA). "We are deeply grateful for their contributions."
March 5, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- More than $332,000 has been obligated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Louisiana to reimburse local governments for eligible costs involved in responding to the Columbia shuttle materials recovery operations. "We are working to expedite reimbursements to local governments that responded when this national tragedy fell upon their jurisdictions," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of FEMA.
March 4, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- More than $245,000 has been obligated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Texas to reimburse local governments for eligible costs involved in responding to the Columbia shuttle materials recovery operations. "We are working to expedite reimbursements to local governments that responded when this national tragedy fell upon their jurisdictions," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of FEMA.
March 3, 2003
News Release
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) continue seeking the assistance of individuals, foresters, farmers and landowners from California to New Mexico and parts of west Texas in reporting suspected shuttle material finds.
March 1, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Saturday, March 1, marks the one-month anniversary of the Columbia shuttle tragedy and efforts to recover shuttle materials have progressed well, recovery officials said today. "We have assembled a large complement of expertise for land, air and water search operations," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "and, weather permitting, are making good progress in retrieving materials that may help NASA solve the Columbia failure puzzle."

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