Louisiana Loss of the Space Shuttle <span class="italic">Columbia</span> (EM-3172)

Incident period: February 1, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 1, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 12, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Recovery officials have begun a series of meetings to explain to local and state agency officials how to apply for federal reimbursement of eligible costs incurred in responding to the Space Shuttle Columbia loss. The reimbursements are made through the federal/state Public Assistance Program. The Texas Department of Public Safety/Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administer the program.
February 12, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state agencies in Texas and Louisiana and other organizations involved in the ongoing recovery effort to make federal resources available.
February 10, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Space shuttle Columbia search officials expressed their appreciation Monday to the countless Texas residents who found and reported shuttle material. At the same time, they issued a call for a renewed search effort; citing seven counties that investigators suspect may hold additional material.
February 9, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Federal and state agencies involved in the ongoing search, find, and secure activities have received many offers of volunteers and donations to help those working to recover shuttle materials, recovery officials said today. "While we have been able to meet all needs for field recovery efforts to date, we do thank the individuals, groups and businesses that have generously offered help," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells.
February 8, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- While nearly ten million Texans live beneath the flight path of stricken space shuttle Columbia, no injuries have yet to be confirmed as a result of materials that fell over a general impact path of 61 counties when the spacecraft disintegrated a week ago during re-entry. "We thankfully are pleased that no injuries have been reported," said Scott Wells, federal officer coordinating the material recovery effort, "and pray that citizens will heed our warnings to stay away from any materials that may have been part of the craft."
February 8, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- As the footprint of material from the space shuttle Columbia becomes better defined with each day of search, find and secure operations, the investigation gains information to use in determining the cause of the accident, Michael Brown, deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.

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