The White House just said that President Barack Obama will be making a statement at 10 a.m. ET about the disaster in Haiti and U.S. plans to assist the people there. (Update at 9:05 a.m ET: CNN says he may come out as soon as 9:30 a.m. ET. Update at 9:55 a.m. ET: CBS News' Mark Knoller just tweeted that the president's likely to come out at 10:15 a.m. ET.)
Last night, the White House released this statement from the president:
"My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti."
And this morning, the White House said that when Obama met with his top aides last night, he told them "he expects an aggressive, coordinated effort by the U.S. government."
Our coverage of the disaster began here yesterday, and will continue throughout today. NPR.org's coverage begins here.