President Barack Obama receives an update from officials via video teleconference on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy, in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 30, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; David Agnew, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Chief of Staff Jack Lew. October 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) As Hurricane Sandy continues to track westward, federal response teams are already providing assistance for those affected by the storm. This morning, President Obama convened a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room with his team to receive the latest update on Sandy’s impact and the work being done to help communities begin the recovery process. Overnight, at the requests of the governors, the President approved major disaster declarations for New Jersey and New York , making additional federal support for state and local efforts available, as well as direct federal assistance to affected individuals in declared counties. For the latest information about recovery efforts, visit FEMA.gov and keep checking back at WhiteHouse.gov . Update: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during his visit to the Disaster Operation Center at the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This afternoon, President Obama traveled to the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Red Cross where he offered another update about federal efforts to assist with the recovery and clean up from Hurricane Sandy . The remnants of Sandy continue to track westward, however, and to begin, he spoke directly to those who live in areas still in the path of the storm. “This storm is not yet over.