With tropical storm Karen gaining intensity as it moves in the direction of the Gulf Coast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrambling to get furloughed workers back on the job, according to Fuel Fix.
FEMA workers are being asked to report to work "to serve functions of the agency that protects life and property as they prepare for potential landfall of tropical storm Karen," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
The situation illustrates the vulnerabilities in federal emergency-response mechanisms in the midst of a government shutdown. It remains to be seen, however, whether the event will affect the decisions of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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