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

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Incident period: February 01, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 01, 2003


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.

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.

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.

Financial Assistance

If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $6,133,267.36 $6,077,480.03 n/a
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 06:30 (Updated daily)

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