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10 Ways to Use Patch During the Hurricane

We’ve got the community covered…with your help.

With Hurricane Sandy almost certain to batter the east coast this weekend, the need for up-to-the minute info is even more important. At Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover the storm but as with all of our reporting, the more interaction we get from users, the more comprehensive our coverage will be.

Haverford Patch is as much your site as it is ours.

So in wake of Sandy, here’s how you can use Patch to help paint the local picture of the event.

1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important county and township announcements, damages, power outages and floods, we’ll have all the news covered. Refresh the homepage often; we move fast.

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 Haverford Patch. Email local editor Tom Sunnergren and the Patch team at haverford@patch.com.

4. Follow us on Twitter. Before we write an article, we tweet the news out to our followers. To get info the fastest way possible, follow @HaverfordPatch.

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 if you plan to wait out the storm. Safety first. 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, post the question in the comments area of our story. You can look to Patch and your community for answers.

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. Click here to post an announcement.


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. Click here to post a blog.

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