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How East Coast Towns Are Keeping Residents Informed After Sandy


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.
A number of cities have been utilizing Twitter and Facebook to keep residents informed about their neighborhood’s post-Sandy status.

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

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.

If you have a working smartphone, you might want to try The Weather Channel app for iOS and Android. It was recommended, for the most part, by the Twitterverse.

How have you been getting updates about your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.

Credit: Mashable composite, photo courtesy Flickr, Anthony Quintano

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The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.” Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.”
    Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    “Damage being repaired on the roof of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Arts and Crafts Center after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.”

    Via Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs/Sgt. Brett Perkins

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    “No traffic on the FDR today. This was all under water the night before. It’s amazing how a storm like Sandy can completely shut down an entire city.”

    Via WanderingtheWorld

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    South Ferry Station, Manhattan

    A submerged escalator at the South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan. Via MTA

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    East Village, Manhattan

    People bail water from a basement of an East Village business. Via Brennan Cavanaugh

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    West Village, Manhattan

    “Bleeker Street Pizza: OPEN- The electricity was still out, but they were making pizza anyway, with the help of their gas-fired oven and a few spelunker head lamps.”

    Via Nick Sherman

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    East Village at Avenue C, Manhattan

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    Battery Park

    A truck is submerged in Battery Park, Manhattan. Via Andrea Canning

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    Belmar, New Jersey

    “Hurricane Sandy damage in Belmar, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.” Via Talk Radio News Service

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    Seaside Heights, New Jersey

    “Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.”

    Via U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released

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    White Hall subway station in NYC

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    North Wildwood, New Jersey

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    West Wildwood, New Jersey

    A street underwater. Via thejkinz

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    Long Island, New York

    A tree uprooted in Long Island, New York. Via nikki_skye

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    Stonybrook, Long Island, NY

    via Meghan Pipe

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Main St. After Hurricane Sandy” Via DumboNYC

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Jane’s carousel is basically an island now. Poor horses.” Via andjelicaaa

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    Staten Island

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    West Virginia

    “John Schmidt, of the West Virginia Field Office, photographed his backyard during Hurricane Sandy.” Via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

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    Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

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    Staten Island

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    Red Cross Digital Command Center

    “President Obama visits the American Red Cross Digital Command Center following Hurricane Sandy”
    Via Dell

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    Portsmouth, Virginia

    “Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, visits Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment Oct. 30 in Portsmouth, Va. “
    Via Virginia Guard Public Affairs

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    Piscataway Township, New Jersey

    “Spc. Anthony Monte along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012.”Via U.S. Army

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    Damaged Space Shuttle Enterprise

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    Mears, Virginia

    “Virginia National Guard Soldiers trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions that transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va. area Oct. 30.” Via The National Gaurd

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    Fort Greene, Brooklyn

    A car that has been smashed by a tree in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Via CSondi