Hurricane Sandy left a wake of destruction in its path. Many residents of the hard-hit Northeast are still dealing with the aftermath of power outages and dangerous road conditions. If you’re one of the lucky ones with access to electricity and have a cellphone or laptop with a charge left, there are some websites and social media channels that can keep you informed of your city’s latest updates.
Elected officials have taken to Twitter to post updates in 140 characters. The official Twitter account for the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, @NYGovCuomo has been posting Instagram photos of neighborhoods, plus subway and public transit updates, and other information, like how many people are without power. Numerous official Facebook pages for states, counties and towns have been posting helpful updates, like this one that shows where to fill-up your tank in New Jersey. (New Jersey residents are using the Twitter hashtag #njgas to post about where the lines are shortest, according to a reporter at nj.com).
On Wednesday morning, many New Jersey city governments sent out notifications via cellphone that Halloween trick-or-treating would be postponed because of the downed power lines and flooded areas that have made many neighborhoods hazardous.
The Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey notified residents through an automated call. The Township of Mahwah, New Jersey did the same — with a reserve 911 call to tell residents not to venture outside.
To receive notifications, visit your town’s official website or Facebook page to see if such a service exists for your neighborhood or county.
To receive notifications from New York City, sign up for NotifyNYC by calling 311. You can check the updates on the website or you’ll receive them on your cellphone.
How have you been getting updates about your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.
Credit: Mashable composite, photo courtesy Flickr, Anthony Quintano