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Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, with him at the head of the table is the President of the Council, John O. Brennen. June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Mr. Obama was briefed by Federal Agencies and Departments that respond to Hurricanes. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, with him at the head of the table is the President of the Council, John O. Brennen.  June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Mr. Obama was briefed by Federal Agencies and Departments that respond to Hurricanes.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

The Butler Building at Kennedy Space Center is nearly demolished, with the help of the crane in the background. The building, which is near the Orbiter Processing Facility (right), is being demolished in order to extend the crawlerway leading to the high bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), part of KSC's Safe Haven project. The goal of Safe Haven is to strengthen readiness for Florida's hurricane season by expanding the VAB's storage capacity. Construction includes outfitting the VAB with a third stacking area, in high bay 2, that will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad into the safety of the VAB if severe weather threatens. The VAB can withstand winds up to 125 mph KSC-99pp1133

The Butler Building at Kennedy Space Center is nearly demolished, with the help of the crane in the background. The building, which is near the Orbiter Processing Facility (right), is being demolished in order to extend the crawlerway leading to the high bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), part of KSC's Safe Haven project. The goal of Safe Haven is to strengthen readiness for Florida's hurricane season by expanding the VAB's storage capacity. Construction includes outfitting the VAB with a third stacking area, in high bay 2, that will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad into the safety of the VAB if severe weather threatens. The VAB can withstand winds up to 125 mph KSC-99pp1133

The walls of the Butler Building at Kennedy Space Center come tumbling down, with the help of the crane in the background. The building, which is near the Orbiter Processing Facility, is being demolished in order to extend the crawlerway leading to the high bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), part of KSC's Safe Haven project. The goal of Safe Haven is to strengthen readiness for Florida's hurricane season by expanding the VAB's storage capacity. Construction includes outfitting the VAB with a third stacking area, in high bay 2, that will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad into the safety of the VAB if severe weather threatens. The VAB can withstand winds up to 125 mph KSC-99pp1132

The walls of the Butler Building at Kennedy Space Center come tumbling down, with the help of the crane in the background. The building, which is near the Orbiter Processing Facility, is being demolished in order to extend the crawlerway leading to the high bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), part of KSC's Safe Haven project. The goal of Safe Haven is to strengthen readiness for Florida's hurricane season by expanding the VAB's storage capacity. Construction includes outfitting the VAB with a third stacking area, in high bay 2, that will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad into the safety of the VAB if severe weather threatens. The VAB can withstand winds up to 125 mph KSC-99pp1132

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- From inside the VAB high bay 2, a mobile launcher platform atop a crawler transporter is viewed as it rolls through the doorway using the recently restored crawlerway. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from high bay 2. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0721

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- From inside the VAB high bay 2, a mobile launcher platform atop a crawler transporter is viewed as it rolls through the doorway using the recently restored crawlerway. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from high bay 2. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0721

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top makes its way from the Orbiter Processing Facility along the once-buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area.. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0717

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top makes its way from the Orbiter Processing Facility along the once-buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area.. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0717

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, moves into the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0723

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, moves into the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0723

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, moves into the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0723

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, moves into the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0723

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top tests the buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2 on the southwest side. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0716

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top tests the buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2 on the southwest side. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0716

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top makes its way from the Orbiter Processing Facility along the once-buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area.. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0717

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top makes its way from the Orbiter Processing Facility along the once-buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area.. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0717

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- From inside the VAB high bay 2, a mobile launcher platform atop a crawler transporter is viewed as it rolls through the doorway using the recently restored crawlerway. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from high bay 2. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0721

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- From inside the VAB high bay 2, a mobile launcher platform atop a crawler transporter is viewed as it rolls through the doorway using the recently restored crawlerway. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from high bay 2. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0721

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads through the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0722

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads through the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0722

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads to the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0720

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads to the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0720

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads to the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0720

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads to the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0720

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads through the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0722

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A mobile launcher platform atop a crawler-transporter, heads through the open door of the Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. As part of the Safe Haven project, a once-buried portion of the crawlerway was restored to enable rollout of a Shuttle from this third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0722

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a portion of the once-buried crawlerway that was recently restored, a crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top turns toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0719

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a portion of the once-buried crawlerway that was recently restored, a crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top turns toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0719

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a portion of the once-buried crawlerway that was recently restored, a crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top turns toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0719

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- On a portion of the once-buried crawlerway that was recently restored, a crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top turns toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0719

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top moves along a portion of the once-buried crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0718

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top moves along a portion of the once-buried crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC-00pp0718

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top tests the buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2 on the southwest side. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0716

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top tests the buried portion of the Apollo-era crawlerway leading to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay 2 on the southwest side. The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0716

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top moves along a portion of the once-buried crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0718

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A crawler-transporter with mobile launcher platform on top moves along a portion of the once-buried crawlerway toward the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The road was restored as part of KSC’s Safe Haven project. High bay 2 provides a third stacking area. The primary goal of the Safe Haven construction project was to strengthen readiness for hurricane season by expanding the VAB’s storage capacity. The new area, in high bay 2, will allow NASA to preassemble stacks and still have room in the VAB to pull a Shuttle back from the pad if severe weather threatens. Potential rollouts of the Space Shuttle to the launch pad from high bay 2 will involve making a turn around the north side of the VAB in contrast to the straight rollouts from high bays 1 and 3, on the east side of the VAB facing the launch pads KSC00pp0718

U.S. Air Force GEN. John W. Handy (right) Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Commander, Air Mobility Command, presents a coin to MASTER SGT. Wesley D. Mathias (left) for outstanding weather support during the 2004 hurricane season at MacDill AFB, Fla., on Oct. 20, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Jason Robertson) (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force GEN. John W. Handy (right) Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Commander, Air Mobility Command, presents a coin to MASTER SGT. Wesley D. Mathias (left) for outstanding weather support during the 2004 hurricane season at MacDill AFB, Fla., on Oct. 20, 2004.(U.S. Air Force PHOTO by AIRMAN 1ST Class Jason Robertson) (RELEASED)

Hurricane Season 2005: Katrina

Hurricane Season 2005: Katrina

Washington, DC, November 21, 2005 -- R. David Paulison, the Acting Director of FEMA, speaks to FEMA employees at an all hands meeting in Washington, DC. Mr. Paulison thanked the employees for their good work during the 2005 hurricane season. Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Washington, DC, November 21, 2005 -- R. David Paulison, the Acting Director of FEMA, speaks to FEMA employees at an all hands meeting in Washington, DC.  Mr. Paulison thanked the employees for their good work during the 2005 hurricane season.  Bill Koplitz/FEMA

Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - Federal and Louisiana state and local emergency planners, in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season, meet together at the Baton Rouge Joint Field Office for an Evacuation Planning meeting. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Baton Rouge, LA, March 28, 2006 - Federal and Louisiana state and local emergency planners, in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season, meet together at the Baton Rouge Joint Field Office for an Evacuation Planning meeting.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour and Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA Acting Regional Office Director, Region 4, kick off the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, 2006 Hurricane Awareness" campaign at today's press conference. These federal and state partners are preparing for the 2006 hurricane season while recovery continues from Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour and Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA Acting Regional Office Director, Region 4, kick off the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, 2006 Hurricane Awareness" campaign at today's press conference. These federal and state partners are preparing for the 2006 hurricane season while recovery continues from Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA acting Region IV Director, and Governor Haley Barbour, as well as MEMA Director, Robert Latham have just finished their presentations at the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" kickoff campaign at the Salvation Army's "Yankie Stadium" disaster center. FEMA is a partner with the state in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA acting Region IV Director, and Governor Haley Barbour, as well as MEMA Director, Robert Latham have just finished their presentations at the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" kickoff campaign at the Salvation Army's "Yankie Stadium" disaster center.  FEMA is a partner with the state in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Jim Lowery, FEMA Logistics Section (LOG) Chief responds to a question from Governor Haley Barbour, as Mike Womack, MEMA Deputy State Coordinating Officer, listens. The state and federal partnership, MEMA and FEMA, are underway with preparation for the 2006 hurricane season as well as recovery from Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Jim Lowery, FEMA Logistics Section (LOG) Chief responds to a question from Governor Haley Barbour, as Mike Womack, MEMA Deputy State Coordinating Officer, listens. The state and federal partnership, MEMA and FEMA, are underway with preparation for the 2006 hurricane season as well as recovery from Hurricane Katrina.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - John Crowley, FEMA Chief of Staff, greets Governor Haley Barbour as he enters the MEMA/FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) this morning for a visit before a joint press conference this afternoon, as Lea Stokes, MEMA Public Relations Director, and Ashley Roth, MEMA Public Information Coordinator, stand by. The state and FEMA are partners in preparation for the new hurricane season as well as in recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - John Crowley, FEMA Chief of Staff, greets Governor Haley Barbour as he enters the MEMA/FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) this morning for a visit before a joint press conference this afternoon, as Lea Stokes, MEMA Public Relations Director, and Ashley Roth, MEMA Public Information Coordinator, stand by.  The state and FEMA are partners in preparation for the new hurricane season as well as in recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA Acting Region IV Director, looks over items suggested to be in an evacuee's "Go Kit" while FEMA Field Coordinator Marvin Davis, and FEMA Public Information Officer, Phil West, provide input, after the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" presentation. FEMA is a partner in state preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA Acting Region IV Director, looks over items suggested to be in an evacuee's "Go Kit" while FEMA Field Coordinator Marvin Davis, and FEMA Public Information Officer, Phil West, provide input, after the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" presentation.  FEMA is a partner in state preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour, at the podium, and Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA acting Region IV Director, seated behind him, will announce to the public and media, that the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" campaign is now underway. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and FEMA are partners in services to Hurricane Katrina victims, and in preparation for the coming hurricane season. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour, at the podium, and Mary Lynne Miller, FEMA acting Region IV Director, seated behind him, will announce to the public and media, that the "Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Hurricane Awareness 2006" campaign is now underway. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and FEMA are partners in services to Hurricane Katrina victims, and in preparation for the coming hurricane season.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour and Mary Lynne Miller, acting FEMA Regional Director, Region IV, discuss recovery issues and preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. FEMA and the state are partners in recovery and preparation. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 2006 - Governor Haley Barbour and Mary Lynne Miller, acting FEMA Regional Director, Region IV, discuss recovery issues and preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  FEMA and the state are partners in recovery and preparation.  George Armstrong/FEMA

US Navy (USN) Aerographer Mate 2nd Class (AG2) Joseph Lawrence, trains Aerographer Mate AIRMAN (AGA) Brett Dubovecky on hurricanes and their related conditions in the tropics at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC). The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

US Navy (USN) Aerographer Mate 2nd Class (AG2) Joseph Lawrence, trains Aerographer Mate AIRMAN (AGA) Brett Dubovecky on hurricanes and their related conditions in the tropics at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC). The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

US Navy (USN) Aerographers at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC) monitor current weather conditions within the Navy's 2nd and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

US Navy (USN) Aerographers at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC) monitor current weather conditions within the Navy's 2nd and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

US Navy (USN) Aerographer Mate 2nd Class (AG2) Joseph Lawrence, uses a storm tracking from last year, to help predict a hurricanes potential path at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC), in order to monitor current weather conditions within the Navy's 2nd and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

US Navy (USN) Aerographer Mate 2nd Class (AG2) Joseph Lawrence, uses a storm tracking from last year, to help predict a hurricanes potential path at the Norfolk, Virginia (VA), Naval Meteorological Center (NNMC), in order to monitor current weather conditions within the Navy's 2nd and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Naval Meteorological Center is currently preparing for the upcoming hurricane season predicted to be as or more severe than last year

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., April 14, 2006 - Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who is touring the Gulf coast areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, makes comments at Governor Haley Barbour's Press Conference. Preparation for the 2006 hurricane season is a key issue for the state and federal partners. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., April 14, 2006 - Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who is touring the Gulf coast areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, makes comments at Governor Haley Barbour's Press Conference.  Preparation for the 2006 hurricane season is a key issue for the state and federal partners.  George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., April 14, 2006 - At his press conference today, Governor Haley Barbour and Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who is touring the Gulf area affected by Hurricane Katrina, are emphasizing preparednesss for the 2006 hurricane season. The state and federal partners work closely on emergency preparedness as well as response. George Armstrong/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] Jackson, Miss., April 14, 2006 - At his press conference today, Governor Haley Barbour and Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, who is touring the Gulf area affected by Hurricane Katrina, are emphasizing preparednesss for the 2006 hurricane season.  The state and federal partners work closely on emergency preparedness as well as response.  George Armstrong/FEMA

Mr. Gene Lambert, the Emergency Manager for Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA) conducts a lecture on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, during a training session for a group of Mid-Atlantic Regional Ombudsman conducted at NS Norfolk, VA

Mr. Gene Lambert, the Emergency Manager for Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA) conducts a lecture on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, during a training session for a group of Mid-Atlantic Regional Ombudsman conducted at NS Norfolk, VA

Georgia, May 2, 2006 -- FEMA Acting Director, R. David Paulison on the Department of Homeland Security airplane. He is making several stops in southern states to review FEMA preparedness for the coming hurricane season. DHS/Barry Bahler

Georgia, May 2, 2006 -- FEMA Acting Director, R. David Paulison on the Department of Homeland Security airplane.  He is making several stops in southern states to review FEMA preparedness for the coming hurricane season.  DHS/Barry Bahler

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Lake Charles, LA, May 21, 2006 - The American Red Cross and FEMA work side by side distributing information at FEMA's Family Preparedness Day in Lake Charles. Many other organizations were also represented at this event with the single goal of helping individuals and families prepare for this hurricane season which begins June 1. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Lake Charles, LA, May 21, 2006 - The American Red Cross and FEMA work side by side distributing information at FEMA's Family Preparedness Day in Lake Charles.  Many other organizations were also represented at this event with the single goal of helping individuals and families prepare for this hurricane season which begins June 1.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Miami, Fla., May 22, 2006 -- FEMA's Acting Director, R. David Paulison makes remarks at NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami to kick off Hurricane Awareness Week before the start of the 2006 hurricane season. Photo by Billy Wagner, Monroe County EM

Miami, Fla., May 22, 2006 -- FEMA's Acting Director, R. David Paulison makes remarks  at NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami to kick off Hurricane Awareness Week before the start of the 2006 hurricane season.  Photo by Billy Wagner, Monroe County EM

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-23-06 -- 1st Responders take part in Hurricane Alicia's Full-Scale FEMA funded exercise drill to test emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo.

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 5-23-06 -- 1st Responders take part in Hurricane Alicia's Full-Scale FEMA funded exercise drill to test emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season.  Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo.

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 - This emergency communications unit called Rapidcom, which provides internet, phone and satellite use, is operating here at the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center during a full-scale exercise to validate recently revised emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. Rapidcom can be towed in on a small trailer or put in place by helicopter because of its portability and can operate on either propane or gasoline. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 - This emergency communications unit called Rapidcom, which provides internet, phone and satellite use, is operating here at the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center during a full-scale exercise to validate recently revised emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. Rapidcom can be towed in on a small trailer or put in place by helicopter because of its portability and can operate on either propane or gasoline.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 - This self contained, propane or gasoline powered, fully functional, portable communications unit called Rapidcom is one of several recently purchased to provide internet, phone and satellite communications in the event of future disasters. It is being used here during a full-scale exercise to test this apparatus as well as validating recently revised emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 - This self contained, propane or gasoline powered, fully functional, portable communications unit called Rapidcom is one of several recently purchased to provide internet, phone and satellite communications in the event of future disasters.  It is being used here during a full-scale exercise to test this apparatus as well as validating recently revised emergency procedures in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Washington, DC, May 23, 2006 -- Acting FEMA Director David Paulison (at Podium), (l-r)Secretary fo the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman, Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale, Admiral Timothy Keating and Lt. General Steven Blum participate in a press briefing on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 23, 2006 -- Acting FEMA Director David Paulison (at Podium), (l-r)Secretary fo the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman, Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale, Admiral Timothy Keating and Lt. General Steven Blum participate in a press briefing on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 23, 2006 -- Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman outlines the status of the White House recommended changes to the emergency management system while Acting FEMA Director David Paulison looks on. Both men are participating in a press briefing on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season at FEMA Headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 23, 2006 -- Under Secretary for Preparedness George Foresman outlines the status of the White House recommended changes to the emergency management system while Acting FEMA Director David Paulison looks on.  Both men are participating in a press briefing on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season at FEMA Headquarters.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 -- Activity on the main floor at the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge. Emergency support factions engage in a 2 day, full-scale exercise to simulate the pre and post landfall of a hurricane. FEMA is funding this exercise with the intent of testing recently revised emergency procedures as local, state, federal and private entities participate to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of these plans in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, May 24, 2006 -- Activity on the main floor at the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge. Emergency support factions engage in a 2 day, full-scale exercise to simulate the pre and post landfall of a hurricane.  FEMA is funding this exercise with the intent of testing recently revised emergency procedures as local, state, federal and private entities participate to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of these plans in preparation for the 2006 hurricane season.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness, George Foresman, testifies before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness, George Foresman, testifies before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- FEMA Acting Director of Operations, Bob Shea, testifes before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- FEMA Acting Director of Operations, Bob Shea, testifes before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness, George Foresman and FEMA Acting Director of Operations, Bob Shea, testify before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness, George Foresman and FEMA Acting Director of Operations, Bob Shea, testify before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- FEMA Acting Director of Operations Bob Shea testifies before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season. Andrea Booher/FEMA

Washington D.C., 5/24/2006 -- FEMA Acting Director of Operations Bob Shea testifies before the House Government Reform Committee on preparations for the 2006 hurricane season.  Andrea Booher/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff with FEMA Director R. David Paulison, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, visit the "Times Picayune" Editorial Board and talk about Emergency Preparedness and Personal Evacuation Plans. The men were visiting the Gulf Coast to raise the public awareness of Hurricane Season. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 05-30-06 -- Secretary for the US Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff with FEMA Director R. David Paulison, and FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, visit the "Times Picayune" Editorial Board and talk about Emergency Preparedness and Personal Evacuation Plans.  The men were visiting the Gulf Coast to raise the public awareness of Hurricane Season.  Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 6-1-06 -- FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, speaks to the media at a press conference about phase one of the Levee repairs, and Hurricane preparedness. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repaired 169 miles of Levees non-stop to meet the June 1st goal to be prepared for the next Hurricane season. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, 6-1-06 -- FEMA Deputy Director of Gulf Coast Recovery, Gil Jamieson, speaks to the media at a press conference about phase one of the Levee repairs, and Hurricane preparedness. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repaired 169 miles of Levees non-stop to meet the June 1st goal to be prepared for the next Hurricane season.  Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Carville, LA, June 12, 2006 - Buses staged to transport residents in event of evacuation in Louisiana. Buses are leased from several companies for use during hurricane season by FEMA as part of the hurricane preparedness plan. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Carville, LA, June 12, 2006 - Buses staged to transport residents in event of evacuation in Louisiana.  Buses are leased from several companies for use during hurricane season by FEMA as part of the hurricane preparedness plan.  Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, June 13, 2006 - Federal, state and local emergency support function leaders gather for a week long exercise in Baton Rouge to test the standard operating procedures and new structures relevant to emergency management's response throughout hurricane season. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

[Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita] Baton Rouge, LA, June 13, 2006 - Federal, state and local emergency support function leaders gather for a week long exercise in Baton Rouge to test the standard operating procedures and new structures relevant to emergency management's response throughout hurricane season. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

Atlanta, Ga., August 30, 2006 -- At FEMA Region 4 Regional Operations Center(ROC) Acting Regional Director Mary Lynn Miller responds to questions from Channel 11 TV reporter Tiffany Cochran about FEMA's preparedness for this hurricane season and the current tropical storm Ernesto. George Armstrong/FEMA

Atlanta, Ga., August 30, 2006 -- At FEMA Region 4 Regional Operations Center(ROC) Acting Regional Director Mary Lynn Miller responds to questions from Channel 11 TV reporter Tiffany Cochran about FEMA's preparedness for this hurricane season and the current tropical storm Ernesto.  George Armstrong/FEMA

Baton Rouge, LA, May 10, 2007 -- FEMA and other federal responders work with their state counterparts in Louisiana recently at the mock hurricane exercise. The state emergency operations center was activated to test preparedness and response before the start of the 2007 hurricane season. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

Baton Rouge, LA, May 10, 2007 -- FEMA and other federal responders work with their state counterparts in Louisiana recently at the mock hurricane exercise.  The state emergency operations center was activated to test preparedness and response before the start of the 2007 hurricane season. Manuel Broussard/FEMA

Washington, DC, May 15, 2007 -- FEMA and partner agencies discuss disaster assistance for individuals for the 2007 hurricane season during a news conference at FEMA headquarters. FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison, center. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 15, 2007 -- FEMA and partner agencies discuss disaster assistance for individuals for the 2007 hurricane season during a news conference at FEMA headquarters.  FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison, center.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 16 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison (right) speaks with a radio reporter at the State of Florida's 21st Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Florida is preparing for the 2007 hurricane season. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 16 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison (right) speaks with a radio reporter at the State of Florida's 21st Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Florida is preparing for the 2007 hurricane season. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 16 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison speaks at the State of Florida's 21st Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Florida is preparing for the 2007 hurricane season that begins on June 1st. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 16 2007 -- FEMA Director David Paulison speaks at the State of Florida's 21st Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Florida is preparing for the 2007 hurricane season that begins on June 1st. Mark Wolfe/FEMA

Washington, DC, May 22, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison shakes hands with Senator Joseph Lieberman who is Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, at their Hearing Room. Mr. Paulison then gave testimony on how FEMA has prepared for the upcoming Hurricane season. Center is Senator Susan Collins the Current Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 22, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison shakes hands with Senator Joseph Lieberman who is Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, at their Hearing Room.  Mr. Paulison then gave testimony on how FEMA has prepared for the upcoming Hurricane season.  Center is Senator Susan Collins the Current Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4206.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4206.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4212.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4212.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4157.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4157.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4172.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4172.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4208.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4208.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4218.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4218.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4198.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4198.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4195.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4195.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4209.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4209.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4217.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4217.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4164.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4164.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4168.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4168.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4215.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4215.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4176.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4176.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4201.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4201.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4184.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4184.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4166.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4166.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4175.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4175.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4181.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4181.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4221.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4221.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4192.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4192.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4179.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4179.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4189.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4189.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4196.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4196.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4197.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4197.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4199.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4199.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4170.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4170.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4187.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4187.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4158.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4158.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4171.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4171.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4216.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4216.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4214.JPG]

[Assignment: 48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane] Minerals Management Service (MMS)-sponsored briefing, [at Main Interior, on energy resource protection preparations for the] 2007 hurricane season, [with presentations by MMS Deputy Director Walter Cruickshank, Department of Energy's Director of Energy Assurance Alex de Alvarez, American Petroleum Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Red Cavaney, and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, Assistant Commandant for Capability and Director of Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters] [48-DPA-K_MMS_Hurricane_DOI_4214.JPG]

Washington, DC, June 1, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison holds a press conference to urge everyone to get ready for hurricane season which begins today. He also demonstrated FEMA's Video Teleconference ability at FEMA headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 1, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison holds a press conference to urge everyone to get ready for hurricane season which begins today.  He also demonstrated FEMA's Video Teleconference ability at FEMA headquarters.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 1, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator holds a press conference to urge everyone to get ready for hurricane season which begins today. He also demonstrated FEMA's Video Teleconference ability at FEMA headquarters. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, June 1, 2007 -- FEMA Administrator holds a press conference to urge everyone to get ready for hurricane season which begins today.  He also demonstrated FEMA's Video Teleconference ability at FEMA headquarters.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 13, 2007 -- Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans Col. Terry Ebbert discusses the city's 2007 evacuation plans with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison; New Orleans Chief of Police Warren Riley and Principle Federal Official for the Gulf Coast Gil Jamieson. Chertoff, Paulison and Jamieson met with city, state and federal officials to discuss preparedness plans for the hurricane season. Photo Manuel Broussard/FEMA.

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 13, 2007  -- Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans Col. Terry Ebbert discusses the city's 2007 evacuation plans with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison;  New Orleans Chief of Police Warren Riley and Principle Federal Official for the Gulf Coast Gil Jamieson. Chertoff, Paulison and Jamieson met with city, state and federal officials to discuss preparedness plans for the hurricane season. Photo Manuel Broussard/FEMA.

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government’s preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government’s preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 22, 2008 -- Fairfax County rescue dog and trainer from Virginia Task Force 1 at FEMA's Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA Headquarters. FEMA hosted the event to help citizens become aware of the coming Hurricane Season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 22, 2008 -- Fairfax County rescue dog and trainer from Virginia Task Force 1 at FEMA's Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA Headquarters.  FEMA hosted the event to help citizens become aware of the coming Hurricane Season.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government's preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. FEMA/Barry Bahler

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government's preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. FEMA/Barry Bahler

Washington, DC, May 22, 2008 -- The Citizen Corps booth at FEMA's Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA Headquarters. FEMA hosted the event to help citizens become aware of the coming Hurricane Season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 22, 2008 -- The Citizen Corps booth at FEMA's Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA Headquarters.  FEMA hosted the event to help citizens become aware of the coming Hurricane Season.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA Administrator Paulison at the podium during a press conference at FEMA headquarters. FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government's preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. On the dais; L-R, Mr. James. J. Madon, Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System in the Department of Homeland Security, Major General Guy C. Swan III, Chief of Operations for Headquarters, U.S. Northern Command, Ms. Mary S. Elcano, Acting President and CEO, American Red Cross, Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, U.S.Coast Guard, FEMA Administrator David Paulison (at podium), DHS Secretary, Michae

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA Administrator Paulison at the podium during a press conference at FEMA headquarters. FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government's preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. On the dais; L-R, Mr. James. J. Madon, Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System in the Department of Homeland Security, Major General Guy C. Swan III, Chief of Operations for Headquarters, U.S. Northern Command, Ms. Mary S. Elcano, Acting President and CEO, American Red Cross, Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, U.S.Coast Guard, FEMA Administrator David Paulison (at podium), DHS Secretary, Michae

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA employees Michael Dean and Michael Mihelich prepare a radio tower for deployment at FEMA headquarters to demonstrate FEMA's operation. FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government’s preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, DC, May 20, 2008 -- FEMA employees Michael Dean and Michael Mihelich prepare a radio tower for deployment at FEMA headquarters to demonstrate FEMA's operation.  FEMA is hosting their First Hurricane Awareness Day at FEMA headquarters to highlight the federal government’s preparations for the 2008 Hurricane Season.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz