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I'm sure someone on Kos has linked to this before, but it is worth a reminder. Something that we can point out in various discussions we may have with independent voters and people on the fence (if there are any left).
Mere months after getting into office, our president coordinated training exercises to prepare for a hurricane hitting New York City. This story is from 2011, dealing with preparations for Irene.
In May 2009, the Obama administration conducted a simulation exercise around the possibility of a Category 3 hurricane hitting New York City, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday.
The National Level Exercise, as it is known, was part of a coordinated effort by federal officials to prepare for a variety of disaster scenarios, including one very similar to what is likely to take place this weekend. President Obama himself participated in the exercise, one of the first of its kind by the new administration.
"The federal government's preparation for this storm didn't just begin as the clouds started to gather and form a tropical depression," Earnest told reporters traveling with President Obama to Martha's Vineyard.
"The federal government and this administration in particular is constantly exercising and preparing and testing and evaluating our readiness for situations like this," he said.