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DURING A STORM such as Sandy and its immediate aftermath, information can be critical to your comfort and safety. Get the latest updates from the region's media outlets, including The Times Leader's website at www.timesleader.com.


Also, find the facts you need by using resources such as these.



AGENCIES





Help Line, the 24-hour information and referral service for residents of Luzerne, Wyoming and three nearby counties can supply answers to questions about emergency shelters and programs, plus much more. Visit its website, at www.helpline-nepa.info, or call 1-888-829-1341.


American Red Cross. Download its hurricane app and get other helpful information. Visit www.redcross.org.


• Wyoming Valley Chapter: Call 823-7161 or visit http://wyomingvalley.redcross.org.


• Hazleton Chapter: Call 455-9517 or visit http://hazleton.redcross.org.


Pennsylvania ReadyPA provides Hurricane Sandy updates and information from Gov. Tom Corbett on the state's response: Call 1-888-973-2397 or visit www.readypa.org.


Ready America supplies information – via its website, Facebook and Twitter updates – from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, www.ready.gov.



INFO





Safe Generator Use, a fact sheet prepared by the American Red Cross on this auxiliary power source, is available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use


What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly, a guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is accessible at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp


What To Do During An Electrical Outage offers advice from SafeElectricity.org, a program of the Energy Education Council. Visit http://safeelectricity.org/index.php/information-center/library-of-articles/62-storm-preparation-fallwinter/318-what-to-do-during-an-electrical-outage


Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide, a publication with safety tips, emergency contacts and post-disaster advice. Visit http://pacast.com/players/emergency/EmergencyPreparednessGuide.pdf



TRAVEL





The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation strongly urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel today, for the safety of you and of emergency responders. See current road conditions and sign up for personalized travel alerts at www.511pa.com.



UTILITIES





UGI outage center allows online visitors to report an outage, sign up for outage updates via email alerts and read emergency preparedness tips. Go to www.ugi.com/portal/page/portal/UGI/Outage_Center


Pennsylvania American Water supplies storm-related alert notifications at www.amwater.com/alerts/alert19359.html

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