Obama advises preparedness ahead of storm
October 28th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama advises preparedness ahead of storm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Sunday that Hurricane Sandy should be taken seriously, but said the federal government has resources ready to deal with the storm.

"You need to take this seriously and take guidance from state and local officials," Obama said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington.

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"This hasn't hit landfall yet," he said. "So we don't yet know where it’s going to hit, where we're going to 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 in."

Before speaking to reporters, Obama said he met with officials from FEMA and other agencies, as well as spoke by phone with governors and mayors whose states and cities may be impacted by the storm.

Obama said he is "confident that the resources are in place."

"My main message is we have to take this seriously," he said. "The federal government is working effectively with the state and local governments."

As of Sunday afternoon, Sandy was a Category 1 hurricane churning off the U.S. East Coast with 75 miles per hour winds. The storm is expected to hover over to northeast and dump up to a foot of rain in some areas, as well as combine with an inland snowstorm which could produce several feet of snow, according to the CNN Weather Unit.

Governors up and down the East Coast declared states of emergency and some put the National Guard at the ready.

With Election Day just over a week away, and early voting underway in several states, Obama said "we don't anticipate" the storm impacting voting, "but we're obviously going to have to take a look."

Obama modified his Monday and Tuesday campaign schedule to return to Washington to monitor the storm, his campaign said.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Chad Myers contributed to this report

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. GOP in Trouble!

    Those of you who believe in "small government" need to refuse all help from FEMA, the Federal Flood Insurance Program, the National Guard, the Coast Guard, the E.P.A., the Center For Disease Control, the Federal Highway System, the National Weather Service, and other agencies dedicated to giving assistance in these emergencies. When the helicopter comes to get you off the roof just give them the finger and feel good about yourself... and watch the water rise... and feel the rain...

    October 28, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. James d

    You have got to be kidding me,

    So he stops campaigning to go to the White House to Monitor a storm....

    But goes to Vegas when Americans have died over seas and embassies are still on fire. Yea, this has nothing to do with votes and image.

    What a disgrace!

    October 28, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In a wake of disaster people also need to remember "no material things are worth your life" so protect your life first and foremost. God Bless all those in the wake of disaster.

    October 28, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Bill in CA.

    Too bad he didn't watch the situation in Libya more closely...

    October 28, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Dee

    I wonder what Gov. Christie and all the GOP Governors affected by SUPERSTORM SANDY are going to do after the hurricane hits. They have called this President incompetent, names and disrespected the Office of the President also complained that government should not be bailing out or invovled in our lives. What will they tell their constituents and Paul Ryan voted again emergency management funds,

    I guess they will be making that call to the President what a bunch of hippocrits.

    October 28, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. jen

    what did bush do for the people of hurricane Katrina.... NOTHING!!! he flew over in a helicopter to look at the damage and your going after Obama.

    October 28, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Well.......first time he actually showed up for work, in months.

    October 28, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Obama will politicize this storm to distract from Libya.

    October 28, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Montykoolaid

    The sad sad attempt to try to swiftboat the president with the tragedy in Libya is absolutely not working.

    October 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Hugo

    I wonder if anyone asks for help if he'll tell them to stand down...

    October 28, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    In Miami shortly after H. Andrew, the wealthy were given new TVs before the poor got water. But then, it does usually go RED.

    October 28, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Bill in CA.: "Too bad he didn't watch the situation in Libya more closely..."

    Please explain why President Obama would purposefully let Americans die overseas ... even someone with as low an IQ as you so obviously have can figure out that President Obama did not want the attack on the Benghazi consulate to happen ...

    October 28, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. doug

    As an independent, we do believe in small regulatory government but, we believe in the safety of our own citizens. Clinton was the one who chopped fema, military and coast guard by 75% then when Bush needed to respond to Katrina there was no resources so Bush looked bad. Obama has extensive Fema resources now because of Bush. The Katrina emergecy made democraps and repubicans come together and pass massive funding for Fema. I must say all of those Fema trailers have pretty much killed the RV industry along with Obamas economy. I laugh when people say bush caused this. Obama has had four years to fix it. The unemployment numbers are only better because people don't qualify for assistance Any more. Take the number of people employed when Obama took office it was 22% higher than the current number of people employed now. This is fact according to feds own website. How can you manipulate this fact democrats? The people eligible to work is 8% higher now than 4 years
    ago. You can't change facts. You can only lie to yourself to make yourself feel better.

    October 28, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @James d: "But goes to Vegas when Americans have died over seas and embassies are still on fire. Yea, this has nothing to do with votes and image."

    And GW Bush went to Crawford, TX after reading the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S." which specifically described using airplanes.

    After delivering his remarks in the Rose Garden at 10:35am on September 12, 2012, in which President Obama described the Benghazi attack as an act of terror, yes, he went to Las Vegas. Him staying in Washington would not have changed the course of events that had already occurred. Him being in Washington right now DOES have an impact on getting federal, state and local emergency organizations in sych and ready to go to help folks when Sandy hits.

    October 28, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Larry L

    @James d

    You have got to be kidding me,

    So he stops campaigning to go to the White House to Monitor a storm....

    But goes to Vegas when Americans have died over seas and embassies are still on fire. Yea, this has nothing to do with votes and image.

    What a disgrace!
    ------------------------------------------------
    Were you outraged when Bush flew around for hours after 9/11? Were you enraged when Bush started the Iraq War with false intelligence data? You should have been angry at Romney for opening his pie hole with critical comments while the crisis was developing. You should know that intelligence data often develops slowly and usually the first information is incorrect. You should also know the public does not have a right to all information before the crisis is under control. You should also know President Obama is connected 24/7 with all agencies via remote communications devices and operational protocols. Using operational crisis to try and make political points low-class and showed Romney's unsuitability for the job of CINC.

    October 28, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Willie Floyd

    Repugs. need to find something else to complain about-or be sure to remind everyone what Robme did in response to Libya. 2 parents had to request the politicizing of the death of their sons be stopped!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 28, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Leroy Moore

    For some of this boils down to liking or hating the President. so no matter what he does or doesn't do, say or doesn't say, the dagger is out. Amazing.

    October 28, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Really??

    Absolutely rediculous. Afraid FEMA can't give appropriate warning? Ya know, too bad he wasn't as attentive during the Benghazi attack. Maybe his security team could have used some micro management on 9/11. He's forgiven but time to resign.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 28, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Everything is political

    Where was the preparedness before the storm erupted in Benghazi Libya? Nowhere, since Obama and his feckless administration did nothing to prevent the "man-caused disaster" that resulted in the death of our ambassador and three other American heroes. Apparently, preparedness only matters when lemming voters are threatened by a storm.

    Come on CNN, show some courage, ask the tough questions and dig for the truth...,State of the Union with Candy Crowley...Fail.

    October 28, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Len

    James d and Bill in CA.,

    Typical GOP talking points. Hypocritical statements. President Bush told the Americian people we needed to go war in Iraq because of WMD. Totally untrue. Over 5,000 Americans killed and thousands disabled for life.

    What a disgrace!

    October 28, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. mike, Gardner, Ma.

    Just when you think the President couldn't be more of a hypocrite, here he comes to the rescue. After a total failure during the attack on U.S. soil in Libya and 4 dead Americans, he is taking charge of the hurricane Sandy situation. Maybe he should resign and go work for the weather channel..

    October 28, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Neutral Observer

    I wonder if there are any new movie trailers out he can blame the hurricane on.

    October 28, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. hal

    Is the no tie suppose to make it look like he's right in the thick of things?! Give me a break! I agree with Bill....too bad he didn't watch the situation in Libya more closely....

    October 28, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Paul

    I like this President, he cares more about the American people than a campaign.

    October 28, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. @ James d...

    @James d & Bill in CA.

    You're so bitter. I think you guys need a hug. You're so sensitive.

    October 28, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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