President Obama provides update on Hurricane Sandy
President Obama from FEMA headquarters
- Duration 4:55
- Date Oct 28, 2012
President Obama from FEMA headquarters
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This is Fox News alert on Gregg Jarrett in New York President Obama set to get an update on hurricane sandy from FEMA headquarters earlier.
The president visited the national response coordination center where FEMA the Federal Emergency Management Agency is.
Currently coordinating the deployment of federal resources in teens to all the states.
Up and down the East Coast as you can see on the map.
This has responders prepare for hurricane sandy and while I think the the president.
-- updated on the ongoing efforts to support local preparedness efforts.
It potentially affected areas we do expect him to call this storm serious -- big and slow movie now.
Obviously safety human life is the most important objective right now but the impact.
Well not only be environmental massive flooding downed trees damaged homes and businesses lost power.
But political as well would only nine days left before the November 6 national elections there could be.
A direct impact on voting here are the president's remarks.
Over that murder but it obviously all of us across the country are concerned about the potential impact of hurricane sandy.
This is a serious and big story.
And my first message is to.
All people -- -- The eastern seaboard mid Atlantic all of north.
That you need to take this very seriously and follow the instructions of your state.
And local officials because they are going to be providing you live.
The best advice in terms of how to deal with the storm over the coming days.
-- just -- an excellent meeting with the FEMA team here.
The various agencies that on charge including the department of Defense Department better get.
And others that are going to need to respond very quickly.
Under Craig you're gates' leadership here -- FEMA we've got a chance to talk to the regional officials as well.
And I -- -- calls within the governors of potentially affected states as well as some of the major cities in the region at this stage.
Everybody is confident that.
Staging process that prepositioning of resources commodities.
Equipment that are going to be needed to respond to the storm are in place but as Craig has emphasized.
This hasn't hit landfall yet.
So we don't yet know.
Work's gonna hit.
-- we're gonna see the biggest impacts.
And that's exactly why it's so important for us to.
Respond big and respond fast.
As local information starts coming -- I want to thank.
All the members the team for the outstanding work have been going but the other thing that makes this storm unique is we anticipate that it is going to be slow moving.
That means that.
It may take a long time not only to clear but also to get for example of the power company's back -- to clear trees and -- Things back in place so that folks can start -- back call -- so my main message to.
Everybody involved is.
That we have taken seriously.
The federal government is working effectively with the state.
And local governments it's going to be very important to bat populations and all the impacted states take this seriously.
What's in your state and local.
Elected officials my message to the governors as most of the mayors is anything they need.
We will be there.
And we're gonna cut through red tape we're not gonna again bogged down with a lot of rules we want to make sure that we are anticipating.
And leaning forward into.
Making sure that we got there.
Best possible response to what is going to be -- a bigot Nazi system so again thank you everybody -- would you like to have something.
That yes the president says it's gonna really come down to the public he knows evacuation orders taken protective measures.
If they haven't gotten ready to -- -- -- dot gov and get information about protect them and their families but also check on your neighbors is going to be a big storm we need to be there for each other.
What we have -- that are ready dot gov.
For the general public if you need to know how to respond.
That's where you can get centralized information.
I think price point is exactly right.
In times like this one of the things that Americans -- as we pull together and we help out one another.
And so there may be elderly populations in your area check on your neighbor check on -- -- make sure that they are prepared.
If we do that we're gonna get through the storm.
Just fine but we're gonna have to make sure that we are vigilant.
And vigilant for a couple of days don't anticipate that just because.
The immediate storm has passed the one I gonna have some potential problems in a lot of these communities going forward through -- -- Thank you -- much of my.