As Hurricane Sandy moves closer to land and meets-up with a couple of other storms to form a super storm (aka “Frankenstorm”) you might want to listen to live streaming audio from first responders throughout the affected area.
These feeds will not only allow you to hear what may or may not be reported by news organizations but they will also provide you with more respect for the amazing, important, and essential work these people do.
RadioReference, a free resource, is organized by state and then by county. You can also county or state/city or Zip Code or browse using a U.S. map. As you’ll see the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston metro areas are well covered with live streams from many organizations.
By the way, the RadioReference database provides access to live streams from around the entire country and is available 24x7x365. but also offers streams (police and other first responders) for the entire country.
The database also provides a link to stream the National Hurricane Center Skywarn Net.
Of course, some feeds are not available at all times and can be knocked off the Internet because of power and connectivity issues.
Finally, the RadioReference database (and similar services) power a number of mobile apps that allow users to listen to first responders. Here are plenty to choose from (both free and fee-based) for Android and iOS.
We’re here in the DC Metro and have prepared as best we can.
To those of you who will also be riding out the storm, please stay safe.