Washington (CNN) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it is recalling some furloughed workers to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen, expected to strike the Gulf Coast this weekend.
About 86 percent of the agency's staff was furloughed Monday due to funding issues associated with the government shutdown.
An agency official said employees are being recalled "to perform functions of the agency to protect life and property."
He did not have the number of employees involved.
In a statement, the agency urged Gulf Coast residents to take prudent precautions.
“Gulf Coast residents in potentially impacted areas should take steps now to be prepared and follow the direction of local officials,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “FEMA will continue to support our state and local partners as they prepare for any potential impacts.”
FEMA said it has re-activated the Hurricane Liaison Team that is embedded with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The agency said it has millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets at distribution centers throughout the United States, including the Gulf Coast region.
Some investors are going to make a killing on the shut down .
Follow the money !
The very fabric of what our country has stood for since 1776 has now become a playtoy to the Republicans and their Tea Party masters. Do we really need another REVOLUTION to keep these people in check; or do we vote them out in 2014?
send ted cruz and friends they know how to start storms ,they should know how to stop them too
Good. It would be beyond terrible if a severe storm were to hit and FEMA couldn't mobilize because it was shutdown.
i'm sure obama has already laid out his travel plans to any potentially affected area to make the most of it. he can simply reuse one of the thousands of political attack speeches he has already given. nobody is listening to him anymore so it won't matter.
Hey John Boehner ... what we need to do is get all of our government back up and running. You listening, man? I mean really listening?