West Wing Week: 11/02/12 or "What’s Brightest in America"
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Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, with the arrival of the historic Superstorm Sandy, the President worked alongside FEMA officials and the American Red Cross, addressed the nation and federal agencies on emergency preparedness and recovery, and visited with some of those affected by the storm.
- White House staff brought their kids and family members into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to participate in a Family "Trick 'Bo' Treat" event.
- With Hurricane Sandy approaching, the President traveled to FEMA's headquarters in Washington D.C., to ensure that federal resources were pre-positioned and plans were in place to move quickly in support of state and local response efforts.
- As the storm neared landfall, the President urged residents in the path of Hurricane Sandy to heed warnings from local officials.
- The President met with his Senior Homeland Security team in the Situation Room.
- The President also visited the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Red Cross, where he expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the storm, and urged Americans across the country to come together in support of those whose lives were upended by the storm.
- President Obama traveled to New Jersey, where he and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate met with Governor Chris Christie and spoke to residents whose homes were damaged by the storms, praised the efforts of first responders who risked their lives to protect their communities, and vowed to continue working closely with state and local officials who are responsible for leading storm recovery and response efforts.