With Hurricane Sandy expected to impact the state of Massachusetts as soon as Monday, the need for up-to-the minute information is even more important - as seen from Tropical Storm Irene.
At Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover Hurricane Sandy, but to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage we ask you to interact with us and let us know what's happening at your homes and in your neighborhoods.
Foxborough Patch is as much your website as it is ours.
So, as we all prepare for Hurricane Sandy, here’s how you can use Foxborough Patch:
1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town announcements, damages, power outages and floods, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7 for you.
2. Comment. Have relevant information to add to Foxborough Patch? Jump in and make a comment on the website or post photos of the storm in town - but be safe! These storm stories will continue to evolve as we speak to more officials, which will be holding an emergency meeting at Town Hall Monday morning. You can be a real-time source by commenting and sharing what you're seeing. You can use the following Patch tools to upload information:
- Click here to add an announcement related to the storm.
- Click here to start a Hurricane Sandy blog where you can sound off on the storm, provide information and photos to others in the community and more.
- Click here to add photos and videos of the storm to Foxborough Patch.
3. Connect with the editor. Local editor Jeremie Smith is on the storm beat to provide you all the local information you need to get through Hurricane Sandy. He can be reached best at email@example.com.
4. Follow us on Twitter. Before we write an article, we tweet the news out to our followers. If you want the latest information the fastest way possible, follow @FoxboroughPatch.
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. Show us what you are seeing.
6. Take photos. Please, stay safe during the storm. But any photos you take of the aftermath we will prominently display on Foxborough Patch. Just look for the article, "SHARE: Photos of Hurricane Sandy in Foxborough," which will be published on Foxborough Patch Monday.
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 section of one of our storm-related articles. Questions normally surround natural events like a hurricane. You can look to your community for answers. If no one responds, we will try to 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 announcements posted on the site asking for volunteers will be featured 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. To sign up and begin, just click here.