President Trump Coordinates Federal Response to Harvey

President Donald Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring the current tropical storm conditions in southeastern Texas, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Shealah Craighead/Official White House Photo)

President Donald Trump convened a teleconference on Sunday with his Cabinet and other senior officials to discuss the still-developing emergency caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The president “directed his Federal team to remain fully engaged and in support of the Governors of Texas and Louisiana,” according to a press statement.

The president said his number one priority is saving lives. He also extended thanks to “the many volunteer and faith-based organizations that are dedicating their time and effort to helping their fellow Americans.”

The president declared an emergency in Texas on Friday, and signed a similar declaration on Monday for Louisiana. The declarations authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

FEMA had already deployed more than 1800 staff by Sunday, according to the FEMA website. Supplies brought to the affected areas included more than one million meals and more than 20,000 tarps.

Reminding residents not to drive on flooded roadways, FEMA repeats the warning, “Turn around, don’t drown!”

FEMA is an agency in the Department of Homeland Security.

The president will go to Texas on Tuesday to see the situation in person, according to reports covering radio interviews of Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.