Are you ready for Hurricane Sandy? Here’s a comprehensive article on how to be prepared from CTWatchdog. And now, you can be part of the solution.
The Mercurial and the Independent Media Network, a group of over 70 Connecticut independent online publishers, is utilizing SeeClickFix, an app that enables citizens to report local non-emergency issues and get them fixed quickly. Your reports will help create a consolidated report of damages and issues throughout Connecticut.
How You Can Help and Hold Public Utilities Accountable
If you are armed with a smartphone — specifically, an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry — you can help crowdsource damage from Sandy by downloading the free SeeClickFix app for your phone here. Using the GPS in your smartphone, the app will allow you to upload a location-specific report of a problem, including photos and/or video. We’re looking for things like power outages, downed wires, trees on limbs, flooding, clogged drains, etc. This tool is for non-emergency problems, so if you need the police or fire department or an ambulance, call 911.
By reporting outages and other problems through your phone app or through your computer, we can track how long it takes for damage to be repaired. When the damage is repaired, you should close your report in SeeClickFix to let us know progress has been made. If you are reporting a damaged utility pole, make sure you include the pole number in your report.
NOTE: This is a separate tracking project. We will try to get the utility companies to monitor these reports as well, but there is no guarantee that they will do so. That said, if you report a problem using SeeClickFix, it’s also worth reporting it directly to your local utility company to ensure prompt action. Below are links to the contact info webpages from all of the state’s various providers:
Here’s a message from SeeClickFixabout other ways to help out in your neighborhood, pre and post-hurricane. Stay safe everyone!