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10 Ways to Use Patch During a Blizzard

With Nemo on the way, Patch has the community covered … with your help.

With 'Nemo' expected to pound the area soon, Patch will be working around-the-clock to cover updates related to the storm, but as with all of our reporting, the more interaction we get from our readers, the more comprehensive our coverage will be.

The following is a list of ways how you can use and help Patch to paint a local picture of the event.

1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town and village announcements, damages, and power outages, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. Refresh the homepage often; we move fast.

2. Sign Up for a Newsletter - Now. Make sure you're getting the local news to come to you. We send out weekly, morning, and breaking news updates. Sign up for whatever suits you right here.

3. Comment. 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.

4. Connect with the local editor. If you have tips, e-mail editor Rich Arleo at Rich.Arleo@Patch.com. You can also text him at: 631-413-6206. Feel free to text photos of what you're seeing out there. 

5. Follow us on Twitter. Want the info the fastest way possible? Follow us on Twitter @MPRPPatch.

6. Like us on Facebook. Patch updates all our articles on our Facebook page. To get up-to-the minute updates, follow us on Patch here

7. Take photos and videos. Stay indoors if you plan to wait out the storm. But any photos you take of the aftermath, we’ll prominently display on Patch. You can upload them to our Pics and Clips section – and ongoing, user-generated gallery of the sights of the area – or upload them directly to articles.

8. Get the Word Out. If power is out (or turned back on) in your neighborhood or if there is a downed tree blocking your street, let your neighbors know by posting an announcement on our announcement board. Click here to post an announcement. 

9. Find Emergency Numbers and Shelters. During Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Patch created extensive lists of evacuation routes, emergency numbers. You can find all you need to know by clicking here.

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.

Let us know if there's anything else you think we can do for you. Stay safe and warm during the storm!

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