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 a few other helpful online resources will come into play. Twitter is the fastest tool for getting information as it happens.
In Carroll County, police and emergency response personnel are urging residents to follow:
Facebook will also provide a quick access to current information. Follow the Carroll County Emergency Management page:
News releases and information will also be available on local government websites:
Local government officials said they will be updating residents through these websites and social media throughout the storm, which is expected to cause widespread power outages. The county has been urging preparation ahead of "Frankenstorm." Check out these tips provided by Carroll County Emergency Management.
For breaking news that hits close to your home in Westminster and Eldersburg:
Patch reporters across the state are gearing up with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text 410-504-9565.
And then of course there are the tried and true standbys:
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