The Internet and media offer news ways to stay informed during emergencies. Listed below are just a few of the resources for staying up to date on Hurricane Irene.
You can sign up for emergency alerts for the greater D.C. area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland at Capitalert.gov.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has many online resources for tracking or preparing for Hurricane Irene, including:
A blog tracking the latest developments in federal efforts, as well as links to download mobile apps.
A FEMA Facebook page.
The National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service have the latest forecasts. Also on Twitter.
Ready America covers tips for preparing for a hurricane, including less-obvious steps like flood insurance.
Facebook has a Disaster Relief page dedicated to emergency news, including the latest on Hurricane Irene.
CNET has a rundown of the best iPhone and iPad apps for tracking the hurricane.
Google has a website with maps and other information.
On Twitter the Weather Channel has Hurricane Central.
Local television and radio stations will also be broadcasting the latest updates from emergency officials.