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Disaster relief impacted by government shutdown

October 2, 2013

As the government continues their shutdown for an unspecified amount of time, Grays Harbor Emergency Management tells KXRO that even disaster relief will be impacted.

The Department of Homeland Security will continue to operate as 80% of the staff is deemed essential, although a 20% reduction in staffing will cause delays to response.

According to the National Weather Service, the government shutdown will not cause any changes to the way they operate on a daily basis.

All local, tribal and county emergency preparedness services will continue without interruption.

The Environmental Protection Agency will be virtually shut down entirely with the exception of a few personnel and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will only keep minimal workers.

Until the shutdown has ended, local responders may be the first and possibly last line of defense for disasters.

GHEM

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