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Fla. National Guard activated for TS Karen
Some of the Florida National Guard is back at work thanks to Tropical Storm Karen.
About 1,000 civilian employees were sent home on Tuesday. Yesterday, about ten of them returned to work. Another two dozen or so will come back today. Adjutant General Emmett Titshaw worries that might not be enough.
"To make sure we pre-position equipment, evacuate equipment out of the storm-impacted area, get the soldiers in the armories ready to respond."
He's asking Washington for permission to recall hundreds more workers.
And the storm has caused the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recall some of it's furloughed workers to help prepare. About 86 percent of the FEMA's staff was furloughed due to lack of funding caused by the partial government shutdown. The agency has not released the number of employees being recalled.
Also new for you this morning... Florida Governor Rick Scott is speaking out about the storm.
After meeting with the director of the Florida's division of FEMA, he requested FEMA administrator Craig Fugate send all needed federal resources available. Governor Rick Scott said, "our number one priority is the safety of our citizens. We will not let the government shutdown in Washington in any way hurt our emergency response efforts in Florida." Scott says Fugate assured him federal response would not be with held if it's needed.