10 Ways to Use Patch During Hurricane Sandy

Patch can help you stay connected and informed during Hurricane Sandy

Here’s how you can use Patch to get information, stay safe and interact with your community during a major weather event:

1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important announcements, damages, power outages and floods, we update information as quickly as we can. Refresh the homepage often and check out our live Hurricane Sandy blog that will launch at 6 a.m. Monday and continue as long as it's useful.

2. Comment. If you have relevant information to add to an article, jump in and make a comment. We’ll follow up and likely add it to the article. These storm stories will continue to evolve as we speak to more officials and locals. You can be a real-time source by commenting.

3. Connect with the local editor. You'll find the e-mail address for your local Patch editor on the top of the home page.

4. Follow us on Twitter. Before we write an article we tweet the news out to our followers. Want the info the fastest way possible, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

5. Get the iPhone app. If the power goes out, your smartphone may end up being your only tool for getting the info on what’s going on in your community. Click here to get the Patch app for free on iTunes. Not only can you read news on it, but post photos and videos as well.

6. Take photos. Please, stay indoors as you wait out the storm. But any photos you take of the aftermath we’d prominently display on your Patch. Email them to your local editor or upload them directly to articles.

7. Shoot videos. Same goes for video. Our smartphones have put high-powered video cameras in our pockets. Send clips our way to help us report on the effect of Sandy in your backyards.

8. Ask a question. If trees are down in your neighborhood but you want to know if your neighbors a few blocks away have the same damage, or if you want to ask someone in a flood-prone area how they waterproofed their house, use our Q&A feature. Questions normally surround natural events like a hurricane. You can look to your community for answers. If no one responds, be sure we’ll get the answer for you.

9. Ask for Volunteers. Our Announcements section lets readers post requests for volunteers. Use it. Depending on the scope of the disaster, volunteers are going to be crucial to mend the community. Any Volunteers Needed announcements posted on the site we will feature prominently on the home page.

10. Blog about it. When all settles, scores of your fellow community members will have “I was there” stories to share. Don’t keep them to yourself. Sign up to be a blogger and let your neighbors know how you held up during the storm.

Karen D. Noll-Bechtel October 29, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Is there a Smart Phone App for Android Phones so we can stay up to date in South Whitehall.
C Shields October 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Would like to know if someone can check on someone for me, we haven't heard from our mom in 2 days and can't get through either by landline or cell phone
Randi Gold October 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Where does she live? we are in lower macungie and could check for you
Mary Ellen Alu October 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM
What community? Did you call police?


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