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Furloughed Workers Recalled with TS Karen Looming

The government shutdown looks like it will continue into the weekend. But with Tropical Storm Karen approaching the Gulf Coast, the furlough was brief. After Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, workers who were considered "non-essential" in the wake of the shutdown suddenly found themselves wanted again.


The Louisiana National Guard recalled 520 of the 876 civilian technicians that were furloughed earlier this week. In all, 650 Guardsmen were mobilized for the Storm. The Guard is ready to assist in search and rescue, communications, security and other functions. Water and MREs are also being staged in warehouses to be ready to distribute if necessary, according to a news release.


Meanwhile, some furloughed FEMA workers also found themselves back in the essential category as the storm began to approach. At a Thursday press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the disaster management agency recalled workers whose functions were "necessary to protect life and property."


"The President directed his team to ensure that federal resources and personnel needed to support state and local preparation efforts are available and on the job," Carney said.


A total number of workers recalled was not provided.

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