The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Readout of the President's Conference Call on Hurricane Irene
The President convened a conference call this evening with members of his senior emergency response team including: Vice President Biden, DHS Secretary Napolitano, Energy Secretary Chu, FEMA Administrator Fugate and Homeland Security Advisor Brennan. The President was briefed on the current track of the storm, the weather impacts being felt so far and efforts to pre-position response and recovery assets. The President asked to be kept apprised of developments throughout the night and said that he wants the group to re-convene tomorrow morning.