On Monday the Obama administration engaged in a cabinet-level exercise anticipating the hurricane season. Vice-President Biden opened the session congratulating everyone for last-week’s creative, compelling, and very realistic pandemic exercise. “I learned alot,” he said. (Irony alert or just a plain old zing).
Politico reports that the President joined the exercise shortly after 4pm. The President’s daily schedule indicated, “the Homeland Security Council will convene an exercise, including a number of Cabinet Secretaries, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.” In the photograph, John Brennan, Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, is seated to Mr. Obama’s immediate right. The exercise was closed to the media.
Hurricane season begins officially on June 1 and extends through November 30. The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University has forecast an “average” 2009 hurricane season, projecting 12 named storms and two intense hurricanes. Their complete report is available in pdf.