Best Ways to Track Hurricane Sandy Online

Patch recommends the best ways to keep in touch with the most up-to-the-minute information regarding Hurricane Sandy.

Stay safe. Stay inside. Stay informed.

The first two are on you. The last one is up to us reporters and scores of county and state employees working overtime. Come Sunday evening—when Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Maryland—the question on everybody's mind will be "how is this storm affecting my neighborhood, my friends and my family?"

That's where Twitter and Facebook will come into play. 

In Howard County, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services plans to post a lot of information online; tips to stay safe, pictures of damage and updates on the recovery efforts. 

  • Follow the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services on Twitter: @HDCFRS

Of course, the Howard County Government is connected.

Local government officials said they will be updating residents throughout the storm, which is expected to cause widespread power outages. The county has been urging preparation ahead of "Frankenstorm."  

For breaking news that hits close to your home in Ellicott City:

Patch reporters across the state are gearing up for the storm as we speak. Look for continually updated resources on Patch as the storm gets closer.

Be sure to report tips and what you're seeing as the storm hits; email brandie@patch.com or text 410-499-2592.

And then of course there are the tried and true standbys:

Don't forget to sign up for breaking news alerts from Ellicott City Patch to receive breaking news updates sent directly to your inbox.

Connie Cooney October 28, 2012 at 03:18 PM
All of this information is handy, but what happens when the power goes out and there is no Internet? What is the best radio station for Howard County that I might get on a battery operated radio?
Brandie Jefferson October 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
During the last storm, I used this kind of info on my phone to keep up. I will try to find out what radio station is best.


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