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

February 16, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recovery officials are asking residents of Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Rusk, Sabine and San Augustine counties who have not yet inspected their property to please search their land and report any suspected Space Shuttle material to NASA. The toll-free number is 1-866-446-6603. NASA is also asking people who have previously called to report shuttle material finds to call again if the material has not been picked up.
February 16, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today a request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) asking area citizens and landowners for continued help in locating Space Shuttle Columbia material.
February 13, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX - The emotional consequences of any tragedy can be far reaching and long lasting. Stress can surface in many forms, and may even appear weeks or months after the traumatic event. Crisis counseling helps people deal with emotional reactions, such as sadness or anger, caused by stressful situations. Counselors can help adults and children gain emotional control by offering them coping mechanisms, including stress management techniques.
February 13, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX - Recovery officials are asking residents of Henderson, Ellis, Johnson, Hood, Parker, Navarro, Throckmorton, Stephens, Young, Stonewall, Palo Pinto, Haskell and Shackelford to report any suspected Space Shuttle Columbia material to the following toll free number: 1-866-446-6603.
February 13, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX - Citizens who sustained property damage due to the breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia and plan to seek reimbursement may file a damage claim with one of three offices of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Claims should be filed using U.S. Government Standard Form 95, "Claim for Damage, Injury or Death," which can be obtained from the NASA chief counsel's office at one of the facilities listed below.
February 13, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The State of Texas is currently conducting briefings, for local and state agency officials, outlining ways for eligible applicants to apply for federal reimbursement of eligible costs associated with the recovery of Space Shuttle Columbia material. Following the briefings, FEMA and State of Texas representatives will hold face-to-face meetings with qualified applicants to fully explain the application process. Once completed, project officers will collect and review documentation, and write project worksheets.

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