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Obama on Hurricane Irene: 'Be prepared for the worst'

The day before President Obama is set to end his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, he warned residents up and down the Eastern Seaboard that Hurricane Irene could be “historic.”

“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” the president said near his vacation home.

Today, on top of convening a conference call with the members of his emergency response team, the president spoke with the affected governors and mayors of major cities in the path of the storm.

For the last few days, the president has had multiple briefings on the status of the hurricane as well as FEMA preparations with the FEMA Director Craig Fugate, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, and other officials.

The president stressed that if anyone is in the path of the hurricane they need to “take precautions now.”

 “Don't wait. Don't delay," he said. "We all hope for the best, but we have to be prepared for the worst."

As for FEMA preparations the president said, "FEMA has millions of liters of water, millions of meals and tens of thousands of cots and blankets, along with other supplies, pre- positioned along the eastern seaboard. And the American Red Cross has already begun preparing shelters in North Carolina and other states.”

And President Obama concluded with people taking responsibility for their own safety: “The federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with officials in communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared. So now is the time for residents of these communities, in the hours that remain, to do the same. “