Six Ways To Use Patch During Sandy

From our storm central to our mobile versions, Patch's network of New Jersey news sites has you covered during Sandy.

With Sandy set to strike New Jersey on Monday into Tuesday, Patch will have nearly 100 journalists and freelancers working across the state to bring you every bit of Sandy news. Here are six ways to get the most out of Patch during the storm.

1. Follow our storm central. Starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, we'll be feeding all of our news and other relevant content from throughout the state into our CoverItLive blog. News, photos, videos, Tweets. If it's Sandy-related it will be there. Want to participate, Tweet using the hashtag #SandyOnPatch to be pulled into the feed, or comment directly.

2. Get the 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. Don't want to download the app? Just type the url of your favorite Patch site into your mobile browser.

3. Post announcements. If you are a government agency, use our announcements section to let people in town know the latest information about your town.

4. Comment. If you have relevant information to add, jump in and make a comment. These storm stories will continue to evolve as we speak to more officials and locals. You can be a real-time source by commenting.

5. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Often, the quickest bits of information we send out will be through Twitter or Facebook. You can find your site's social media information at the very top right of this window.

6. Send us your photos and videos. We'd love to run any photos or videos you take during the storm (but please don't compromise your safety). You can add them to any article or email them to TOWNNAME@patch.com. In other words, a Mahwah Patch user would send a photo to Mahwah@patch.com.

Monica Sclafani October 28, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hey, Natalie - YOU stay safe too! Can I assume that the Patch Candidates' Forum for Monday night is canceled? Monica
JV October 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
James, Here's something you might want to keep an eye on. The village has set up a way for people to sign up to be kept informed during the storm. The online form allows for multiple phone numbers to be provided. I entered both my landline and cell numbers. So far, I have received 2 calls to my land line, but none to my cell. When the power goes out, land line phones will not work. I wonder with concern whether anyone at Village Hall has realized this. (And I know that calls can go to anyone's multiple numbers since it happens for me often through another organization's information updates.) It would be very unfortunate if valuable information never reaches people because of an unnecessary oversight. Let's hope this doesn't become a story for you...
John Patten (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:43 PM
EC-- Here's the page that has the mobile app downloads for either OS: http://www.patch.com/mobile
John Patten (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Here's a link to a page with downloads for either OS: http://www.patch.com/mobile
Erin C October 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Thanks so much John!
John Roth October 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Mahwah Storm Updates on flooding, storm track and road closures: Text: Mahwah1 To: 888777. Info provided by MPD free of charge..
John Roth October 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
An enormous thanks to all of our volunteer organizations, particualrly the Mahwah CERT team. Rain, shine, or any event in Mahwah, they quietly have our back. Just like our MFD and amazing ambulance corps volunteers. All of the people in all of the Mahwah Volunteer groups are heros, so bring it Sandy...... We'll all be here long after you because of them. God bless and be safe out there.
CSS October 29, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Do keep in mind the mobile app chokes badly on bad connections (like say, when the power is out and your cell provider is totally overloaded). IMHO, the mobile web version of the site works much better and loads successfully more often on spotty cell networks.
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