First lady Melania Trump shared a picture of herself sitting with her husband President Trump at Camp David on Sunday receiving a briefing on the latest from Hurricane Irma, which has made landfall in Florida.
Also participating in the video conference call with the Federal Emergency Management Agency were Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen.
"Thank you to 1st responders! Stay safe!" Melania Trump tweeted.
Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm by the National Hurricane Center's latest reckoning, brings the threat of maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, "life-threatening" storm surge, and double digit rainfall in some areas.
According to a statement from the White House, the president "received a comprehensive update on the status of hurricane Irma, forecasted path, evacuations, preparation for response and recovery. Thanked FEMA and DHS for their efforts, encouraged team to also remain focused on Texas recovery. Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey last month.
"This is very dangerous storm ... and it's enormously important that every American in the path of this storm take the warnings of state and local officials to heart," Pence, standing with members of Trump's Cabinet at FEMA headquarters in Washington, told reporters Sunday afternoon. "It is a storm of historic and epic proportions and the efforts of every level of our federal government are here to stand alongside the state and local officials." he added.
Pence said Trump has spoken to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as well as the governors of neighboring states also threatened by the storm.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long said earlier in the day that as Hurricane Irma's predicted track moves further west, the agency continues to stay in touch with local officials in Georgia and Alabama, noting especially that storm surge in the Gulf waters will be a key concern.