FEMA warns Gulf residents of tropical storm; recalls furloughed workers

BY newsdesk  October 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM EDT

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is telling Gulf Coast residents to “take steps now to be prepared and follow the direction of local officials” as Tropical Storm Karen approaches. The National Weather service has issued a hurricane watch for the Gulf Coast from Lousiana to Florida and a hurricane warning for parts of Southeastern Lousianna.

FEMA is urging Gulf residents to listen to local officials, obtain supplies including water, food, a radio and extra batteries, and to stay up-to-date with the latest forecast.

This morning FEMA began calling employees, who were furloughed because of the government shutdown, back to work to prepare for Karen’s landfall. FEMA has also re-activated the Hurricane Liason Team.