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 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."
February 27, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The western and eastern most boundaries of confirmed Columbia Shuttle debris continues to be in an area from near Littlefield, Texas to the west and Fort Polk, Louisiana to the east, said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coordinating Officer Scott Wells.
February 25, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The search for Columbia shuttle debris continues to intensify as more than 3,000 searchers representing 38 states trek daily through fields, forests and farm lands attempting to find any pieces that may help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) determine the cause of the Columbia accident.
February 25, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Ice and sleet kept Corsicana crews camp bound and Palestine crews returned at midday because of worsening weather in their area Tuesday, but Nacogdoches and Hemphill crews were able to pursue shuttle materials because of less adverse weather in their respective search areas, recovery officials said today. Following are reports on Tuesday's activities:
February 24, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- With 155 crews from 38 states searching to find shuttle debris in East Texas, the Incident Command System's effort is now one of the largest interagency mobilization efforts in one place, in one week, in the history of the Forest Service, recovery officials said today.
February 22, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, Interagency crews from base camps in Nacogdoches, Hemphill and Palestine are working in much-improved weather conditions this weekend in their search for Columbia shuttle material. "The crews were delighted to see good weather," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "They have been working in the field in inclement weather; however, some crews were forced to delay or stop part of the search when approaching lightning created unsafe conditions."

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