FEMA workers off furlough for Karen
WASHINGTON - The White House says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is recalling some furloughed workers to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen.
President Barack Obama is being updated about the storm, as the president is directing his team to ensure staffing and resources are available to respond to the storm.
In Louisiana, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also said FEMA Region 6 is authorized and prepared to provide support to the state.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have been furloughed by to the partial government shutdown. It's unclear how many FEMA workers are being brought back.
Tropical Storm Karen is the first named tropical system to menace the U.S. this year.