Tropical Storm Highlights Vulnerability in Federal Relief Efforts

WAVELAND, MS - SEPTEMBER 10: A sign for FEMA hangs at the entrance to a disaster assistance distribution point September 10, 2005 in Waveland, Mississippi. Thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast are still without electricity or access to basic amenities after the devastating hurricane swept through the area thirteen days ago, likely claiming the lives of thousands.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 4, 2013, 11:40 a.m.

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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