KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Many government workers are home right now, not knowing when they will go back to work or if they will get paid.
Several of the staff were dismissed at noon Tuesday at the FEMA office along Ward Parkway. The office is staffed 24/7, regardless of a government shutdown.
Even those workers who still have to show up aren't sure if they will get back pay.
Steven Kisner has worked at the FEMA office for the last three of the 27 years he's been with the federal government, so he has been through this before.
"We have an excellent mission to help the people of United States and so it's what we do, we go to work," Kisner said.
As an essential employee, everything continues on a day-to-day basis except his paycheck. He is already planning to cut out going out for lunch and the occasional soda on the way to work.
"Keeping in the back of your mind, you just have to watch what other expenses you have. But it's just like a regular day going to work and hoping it doesn't last long," he said.
With the non-essential employees out until the shutdown is over, his workload increases.
Kisner said the staff has been briefed several times to keep them in the loop.
He also said staff was told there is no guarantee they will get all of their back pay.
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