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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 headquarte...

The original database describes this as: Title: President Obama visits FEMA headquarters Production Date: 05/29/2009 Caption: Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a mee... more

A representation of the great storm at Providence, Sept. 23d 1815 / painted and engraved by J. Kidder.

A representation of the great storm at Providence, Sept. 23d 1815 / pa...

Print shows flooding in Providence, Rhode Island from Narragansett Bay after a hurricane that struck on September 23, 1815. Sailing ships, fishing boats, and small buildings are awash in the tidal waves. People... more

L'ouragan
L'ouragan
The gale off the port of Balaklava, 14th Nov. 1854 / W. Simpson del. ; R. Carrick lith.

The gale off the port of Balaklava, 14th Nov. 1854 / W. Simpson del. ;...

Print shows British ships in the storm-tossed sea outside the harbor at Balaklava. Title from item. Plate in: The seat of war in the east : Dedicated by permission to Her most gracious Majesty the Queen / Willi... more

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direction of Commander C. H. Davis"

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nau...

This image has been taken from scan 000224 from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direct... more

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direction of Commander C. H. Davis"

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nau...

This image has been taken from scan 000225 from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direct... more

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direction of Commander C. H. Davis"

map from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nau...

This image has been taken from scan 000227 from "General Examination of the Pacific Ocean ... Followed by nautical directions for avoiding hurricanes. Translated from the second French edition, under the direct... more

Hurricanes in the South Pacific

Hurricanes in the South Pacific

Article "Hurricanes in the South Pacific", by William A. Eddy, with two charts, showing hurricane tracks, prepared by Lieutenant John P. Finley, Signal Corps, U.S.A.

The United States steamer "Vandalia" The United States steamer "Nipsic" ; The United States steamer "Trenton" ; The late Capt. C.M. Schoonmaker, of the "Vandalia" ; The harbor of Apia, with men-of-war at anchor / / from a photograph by Dr. H.W. Whitaker, U.S.N.

The United States steamer "Vandalia" The United States steamer "Nipsic...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1889 April 13, p. 288.

Sverre Breien og Wilhelm August Thams.

Sverre Breien og Wilhelm August Thams.

Sverre Breien og Wilhelm August Thams.

Sverre Breien, Christian Thams og en ukjent mann i hagestuen på Strandheim Gård.

Sverre Breien, Christian Thams og en ukjent mann i hagestuen på Strand...

Sverre Breien, Christian Thams og en ukjent mann i hagestuen på Strandheim Gård.

Galveston flood, Sept., 1900--Commissary Dept.

Galveston flood, Sept., 1900--Commissary Dept.

Horse-drawn carts for food delivery, protected by armed guards, outside the Commissary in Galveston, Texas. D23864 U.S. Copyright Office. On mount: The Universal Photo Art Co. No. 5441. Copyright by C.H. Graves.

Bird's-eye view of dock front, Galveston /

Bird's-eye view of dock front, Galveston /

"Showing dismantled cars, wrecked warehouses, schooners and tugs that had been stranded on the docks; also the tents that had been rigged up for the poor people who had been left entirely homeless. 75 feet"--Ed... more

The dead left by the receding flood, 33d St. and Avenue M, Galveston, Texas

The dead left by the receding flood, 33d St. and Avenue M, Galveston, ...

Two dead bodies lie in the debris following a violent hurricane which devastated most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives.

Galveston disaster, trying to find where their home stood

Galveston disaster, trying to find where their home stood

Two African American women search through rubble following a violent hurricane which devasted most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives. D19960 U.S. Copyright Office.

Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston /

Panoramic view of Tremont Hotel, Galveston /

From Edison films catalog: This picture shows several buildings which were wrecked and also shows a rear view of this hotel, which is on the highest point of land in Galveston, and in which several thousand peo... more

Lucas Terrace under which 51 people lie buried, Galveston

Lucas Terrace under which 51 people lie buried, Galveston

Remnants of multi-story building, bricks and lumber strewn in the wake of the 1900 hurricane and flood, Galveston, Texas. D21851 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 611-C. Copyright by C.L. Wasson.

Shelter for the homeless, Galveston's awful disaster

Shelter for the homeless, Galveston's awful disaster

Row of tents set up to house survivors of the 1900 Galveston hurricane. D21479 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by R.Y. Young.

Seeking valuables in the wreckage, Galveston, Texas

Seeking valuables in the wreckage, Galveston, Texas

Man, woman and children rummage through rubble of destroyed houses following a violent hurricane which devestated most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives. D19845 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by B.L... more

Galveston disaster, people leaving city after flood

Galveston disaster, people leaving city after flood

Large double-decked boat filled to capacity with people leaving Galveston, Texas following the hurricane of 1900. D19932 U.S. Copyright Office. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith.

Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies /

Searching ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for dead bodies /

From Edison films catalog: This shows the heart of one of the tremendous drifts in the east end of Galveston. Hundreds of dead bodies are concealed in these immense masses, and at the time the picture was taken... more

Galveston disaster, merchants drying goods after flood

Galveston disaster, merchants drying goods after flood

Textiles drying on makeshift clotheslines strung outside storefront.

Panorama of wreckage of water front /

Panorama of wreckage of water front /

"This picture shows the remains of one of the docks, several freight cars being piled one upon the other, while the most interesting part of the picture shows two schooners literally smashed one into the other,... more

Galveston disaster, interior St. Patrick's church

Galveston disaster, interior St. Patrick's church

Three young men inside ruins of church, following a violent hurricane which devastated Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives. D19950 U.S. Copyright Office.

Galveston disaster, carrying dead body to fire to be burned

Galveston disaster, carrying dead body to fire to be burned

African American men carrying body on stretcher, surrounded by wreckage of the hurricane and flood, Galveston, Texas. D19989 U.S. Copyright Office. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith.

Galveston disaster, I'm glad Ise living

Galveston disaster, I'm glad Ise living

African American boy, sitting on debris in the wake of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, Texas. D19941 U.S. Copyright Office. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith.

Launching a stranded schooner from the docks /

Launching a stranded schooner from the docks /

"During the terrific storm all of the light craft along the dock front was lifted out of the water and washed up into the streets, many of them being carried for miles inland. This subject shows a number of boa... more

[Hurricane Ike] Galveston Island, TX, September 22, 2008 -- A statue in memory of the victims lost at sea during the Galveston hurricane of September 8, 1900,  "Place of Remembrance", the work represents the suffering of the victims and the strength of the survivors who stayed to rebuild the city, Hurricane Ike just passed through the community.  Jocelyn Augusitno/FEMA

[Hurricane Ike] Galveston Island, TX, September 22, 2008 -- A statue i...

Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials

Galveston disaster, getting a dead body from the ruins

Galveston disaster, getting a dead body from the ruins

Men searching through rubble for victims following a violent hurricane which devastated most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives. D19977 U.S. Copyright Office. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith.

In ruined Galveston--ready to consign a storm victim to the flames

In ruined Galveston--ready to consign a storm victim to the flames

Men carrying body of victim of hurricane and flood for burning to large open fire, Galveston, Texas. D21860 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 620-C.

Panorama of Galveston power house /

Panorama of Galveston power house /

From Edison films catalog: This building and machinery supplied the electric power and electric light for the entire city of Galveston, including the car system. The building, which is of solid masonry, is a co... more

Panorama of orphans' home, Galveston /

Panorama of orphans' home, Galveston /

"The camera focuses on the building indicated as the Orphans Home, showing damage created by either the wind of the hurricane or the backwash from the tidal wave, and including debris around the yard. As the ca... more

Galveston's awful calamity - Gulf tidal wave, September 8th 1900

Galveston's awful calamity - Gulf tidal wave, September 8th 1900

Print shows the destruction caused by a hurricane and tidal wave to Galveston, Texas, wreckage to buildings, survivors, and the bodies of victims; also shows vignettes at the corners and across the bottom: Dray... more

Thamshavn og Orkdalsfjorden.

Thamshavn og Orkdalsfjorden.

Thamshavn og Orkdalsfjorden.

Christian Thams på det nye kaianlegget.

Christian Thams på det nye kaianlegget.

Christian Thams på det nye kaianlegget.

Christian Thams ønsker Kong Haakon VII velkommen ombord på Thamshavnbanen.

Christian Thams ønsker Kong Haakon VII velkommen ombord på Thamshavnba...

Christian Thams ønsker Kong Haakon VII velkommen ombord på Thamshavnbanen.

Thamshavn stasjon med tog.

Thamshavn stasjon med tog.

Thamshavn stasjon med tog.

D/S Aira under lasting av kis ved Thamshavn.

D/S Aira under lasting av kis ved Thamshavn.

D/S Aira under lasting av kis ved Thamshavn.

Fra jernbanestasjonen på Thamshavn.

Fra jernbanestasjonen på Thamshavn.

Fra jernbanestasjonen på Thamshavn.

Hurricane damage: Marathon, Florida

Hurricane damage: Marathon, Florida

Local call number: PR06110..Title: [Hurricane damage: Marathon, Florida]..Date: Photographed in October of 1909...Physical descrip: 1 photonegative: b&w; 3 x 5 in...Series Title: (Print Collections)..Repositor... more

Fra Orkdalsfjorden mot kiskaia på Thamshavn.

Fra Orkdalsfjorden mot kiskaia på Thamshavn.

Fra Orkdalsfjorden mot kiskaia på Thamshavn.

[Result of hurricane and fire in a heavy stand of Idaho white pine on Little North fork of St. Joe River, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho]
Parti fra Thamshavn. Dampskipskai og kiskai med kistårn. Tre dampskip og en fransk krysser på Orkdalsfjorden. Gjølme, Skjenalddalen. Norske flagg. Sommer.

Parti fra Thamshavn. Dampskipskai og kiskai med kistårn. Tre dampskip ...

Parti fra Thamshavn. Dampskipskai og kiskai med kistårn. Tre dampskip og en fransk krysser på Orkdalsfjorden. Gjølme, Skjenalddalen. Norske flagg. Sommer.

Orkanger stasjon

Orkanger stasjon

Orkanger stasjon

Parti fra Thamshavn

Parti fra Thamshavn

Parti fra Thamshavn

New Jersey, Sealbright. Wreckage after hurricane

New Jersey, Sealbright. Wreckage after hurricane

Photograph shows individuals standing among wreckage of homes damaged by hurricane; boys stand on porch of home leaning to left side. Title from item.

Destruction of 28th Infantry Camp, Fort Crockett, Tex. by hurricane of August 16-17, 1915

Destruction of 28th Infantry Camp, Fort Crockett, Tex. by hurricane of...

J206847 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; Martin Blandford; September 24, 1915; DLC/PP-1915:44993.

Barometer in the cabin of Captain William Thompson

Barometer in the cabin of Captain William Thompson

Local call number: N031920 . . Title: [Barometer in the cabin of Captain William Thompson] . . Date: Photographed in 1926. . . Physical descrip: 1 photonegative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. . . Series Title: (General Collec... more

Haverhill

Haverhill

Original caption: Haverhill, Mass. Merrimack River - Haverhill, Mass. & Methuen, Mass.

Damage near Eastwood Cemetery

Damage near Eastwood Cemetery

During the Hurricane of 1938, signs and trees were blown down all over the town, as shown in this view near Eastwood Cemetery. Courtesy of Lancaster Historical Society

Ms. Buelah Sumner outside her house at 89 West Main Street after the 1938 hurricane

Ms. Buelah Sumner outside her house at 89 West Main Street after the 1...

This photograph shows Buelah Sumner in front of several downed trees and wires at her house at 89 West Main Street. Jessica Biddle, the current owner, brought this to the 2017 scanning day. Courtesy of Westboro... more

The hurricane of 1938

The hurricane of 1938

Striking central Massachusetts on September 21, 1938, with little or no warning, the Great Hurricane destroyed innumerable trees, caused widespread property damage, and left the town without electricity and tel... more

Menemsha After 1938 Hurricane

Menemsha After 1938 Hurricane

Menemsha Harbor immediately after the 1938 Hurricane. Courtesy of The Vineyard Gazette

Massive ball of roots

Massive ball of roots

As the powerful Hurricane of 1938 descended upon Lancaster, countless trees were felled. James MacDonald photographed some of the massive root balls unearthed, as seen here. Courtesy of Lancaster Historical Society

Damage in Lancaster Center

Damage in Lancaster Center

This view shows damage near the Red and White store in the center of town after the Hurricane of 1938. Courtesy of Lancaster Historical Society

89 West Main Street after the 1938 hurricane

89 West Main Street after the 1938 hurricane

This photograph shows several trees down around the house at 89 West Main Street. Jessica Biddle, the current owner, brought this to the 2017 scanning day. Courtesy of Westborough Public Library

Menemsha Before 1938 Hurricane

Menemsha Before 1938 Hurricane

Menemsha Harbor immediately before the 1938 Hurricane. Courtesy of The Vineyard Gazette

Like a ghost ship the Sachem, tossed high upon Old Colony pier by the hurricane

Like a ghost ship the Sachem, tossed high upon Old Colony pier by the ...

Vessel the Sachem on Old Colony Pier, where it landed during the 1938 hurricane. Courtesy of New Bedford Free Public Library