FEMA: Furloughed workers called back as storm nears Gulf Robin Bravender, E&E reporter Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 Furloughed FEMA employees went back to work yesterday as Tropical Storm Karen approached the Gulf Coast. Please subscribe to E&E Daily to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.