"Residents in areas forecasted for potential severe weather are encouraged to monitor local conditions, review their family emergency plans, and follow the direction of local officials," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in a statement. "FEMA is staying in close contact with states and local partners and is poised to provide support, if needed."
Despite the partial shutdown of the federal government, FEMA has recalled furloughed more than 100 employees to staff vital functions at the agency to respond to potentially damaging weather along the gulf as well as a separate weather system in parts of the Midwest.
FEMA is urging residents in the part of Karen to:
• Follow the instructions of local officials. Local officials make decisions on evacuations, shelter openings or sheltering in place.
• Have important supplies ready to sustain you and your family, if needed. This includes water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, cell phone charger, medicines, non-perishable food, and first aid supplies.
• Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast -- Monitor local radio and TV reports, as well as forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.