President Obama convened a meeting Monday in the White House Situation Room to receive updates from FEMA and the National Hurricane Center, as communities up and down the East Coast of the United States are beginning to feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Following that briefing, the President discussed how federal emergency response teams are moving resources into place to ensure that potentially affected areas have the food, water, and disaster relief supplies they need to begin recovery, according to the White House.
“Obviously, everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm,” the President said. “And all across the Eastern seaboard, I think everybody is taking the appropriate preparations.”
He also urged residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy to heed warnings from local officials.
“The most important message that I have for the public right now is, please listen to what your state and local officials are saying,” he said from the White House Briefing Room. “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay. Don’t pause; don’t question the instructions that are being given, because this is a serious storm and it could potentially have fatal consequence if people haven’t acted quickly.”