With 'Hercules' expected to pound the South Fork with 8 to 10 inches of snow, Southampton 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 you can use Patch to keep informed yourself, and help Patch keep others up-to-date.
1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town and village announcements, damages, power outages and floods, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. Refresh the home page often.
2. Comment. Have relevant information to add to an article? Jump in and leave a comment. These storm stories will continue to evolve as we speak to more officials and locals. You can be a real-time source by commenting.
3. Connect with the local editor. If you have tips, email editor Taylor Vecsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Follow us on Twitter. Want the info the fastest way possible? Follow Patch on Twitter: @SohamptonPatch.
5. Like us on Facebook. Southampton post shares all our articles on our Facebook page. To get up-to-the minute updates, "like" us at facebook.com/SouthamptonPatch.
6. Take photos. Stay off the roads during the storm — but any photos you take of the aftermath, we’ll prominently display on Patch. Upload pictures directly to our community board here.
7. Shoot videos. Same goes for video. Our smartphones have put high-powered video cameras in our pockets. Send clips our way to help us report.
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 community board. Click here to post an announcement.
9. Find Emergency Numbers. Patch put local emergency numbers all in one place, for you to print out and keep on hand in case the power goes out. 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. Start blogging here 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 during the storm!