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, 632 Texas residents are working with the interagency task force searching for Columbia shuttle material, according to recovery officials today. "We are grateful for the participation of the Texas contingent in the search," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "They have had to endure some adverse weather conditions and search through dense vegetation to accomplish their daily missions, and they have met every challenge with resolve and grace."
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 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 -- NASA is still seeking additional help from Texas news media and the public along the flight path of the Space Shuttle Columbia who may have images or first-hand reports of shuttle materials falling to the earth. These images and reports may be of help in the continuing investigation of the shuttle accident.

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