The president has ordered the U.S. military to help with the response to Tropical Storm Sandy.
In a tweet Friday, Obama said the U-2 aircraft would fly over the U and provide air support for the Navy and Marines.
He added, “It is our hope that you will join us on this journey, and we will have the support of our friends in the private sector to help us get through this storm.”
A spokesman for the National Guard, Colonel Steve Williams, said in a statement that the military is “working with the federal government to assist and provide the resources needed to support the relief efforts, including water, food and supplies.”
He said the military’s “primary focus is to support state and local authorities in their efforts to help those in need.”
“This is a momentous time for our country,” Williams said.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama are on a tour of the storm’s aftermath, where they were joined by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Obamas are visiting a school in Rockland County, where nearly 100 homes have been destroyed or damaged.
They are also visiting New Jersey, where some 500 homes have fallen into the water.