(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Sunday that the impact of Hurricane Irene "will be felt for some time." Affected East Coast residents still are at risk of power outages and flooding, he said.
He thanked emergency responders for their efforts.
"We continue to have search and rescue personnel on alert," the president said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pledged that the federal government will assist states responding to or recovering from Hurricane Irene.
"I urge all Americans to take prudent steps to stay safe," she said at the White House press conference.
I can attest to that. I survived the hurricane season of 2005 in South Florida....all you have to do is work together no matter how long you are without power. My family and neighbors got to know each other all over again. Just think parents...no TV, no video games, no computer.....it is wonderful to just talk again. Enjoy reading again.
Remember to help each other out. I had a gas water heater so hot showers for the neighbors....my neighbors had a gas stove so hot meals for all of us. Backyard BBQ's have a whole new meaning when everyone brings what they have and we all cook and eat together. Don't forget....just take it with a grain of salt, slice of lime, and a shot of tequila.
I wonder if "things will get worse before they get better"?
Absolutely. My prayers are with all of you. Be safe.