With almost certain to batter the Bay State this weekend, the need for up-to-the minute information is even more important. At Canton 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.
During the storm and after, here is 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 town announcements, damages, power outages and floods, Canton Patch will have all the news covered.
2. Comment. If you have relevant information to add to an article, jump in and make a comment. We will 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. Reach out to Local Editor . If you have tips or photos to share: call, e-mail or text to conserve cell phone power.
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 @CantonMAPatch.
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 is 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. But any photos you take of the aftermath we would prominently display on Canton Patch. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Irene 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.
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. Do not keep them to yourself. Sign up to be a blogger and let your neighbors know how you held up during the storm. Or send us a first-person column and share your story with our readers.
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
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