President Obama spent more than an hour meeting with Cabinet officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Saturday morning before he left Washington for a slate of campaign events.
State officials joined the briefing via phone, including Govs. Daniel Malloy (Conn.), Chris Christie (N.J.) and Andrew Cuomo (N.Y.)
Obama said there is still a "long way to go" and insisted that there be no bureaucratic logjams and no "patience for red tape" in addressing problems on the ground.
Obama listed five primary steps being taken: restoring power, pumping out water, ensuring victims' basic needs are addressed, removing debris and getting the National Guard in place to respond.
Obama dispatched several officials, including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shawn Donovan, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to affected areas on New York, New Jersey, West Virginia and Connecticut after the meeting.