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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's Conference Call on Hurricane Irene

At 10:30 AM EDT this morning, the President convened a conference call from the White House with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate and other senior members of his emergency management team. Secretary Napolitano and Administrator Fugate updated the President on the intensity of the storm, the anticipated track of the storm and the response and recovery assets that have been pre-deployed along the east coast in anticipation of the storm's arrival. The President reiterated that we know that this storm’s impacts will continue to be felt throughout the weekend and that we still have work ahead of us to support potentially impacted states and communities. The President asked the team that he be updated, as necessary, throughout the day and overnight.