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Hurricane 2018: Tampa Bay Times + social media = staying informed

Over the last few years, we have come to know that if the Tampa Bay area ever received a direct hit from a hurricane, social media would play a key part in keeping you informed.

That was confirmed during Hurricane Irma last year ­— in a big way.

HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resources

Millions of people read our stories leading up to, during and in the aftermath of Irma. Many of those readers found us on tampabay.com and tbo.com and through search engines like Google.

HURRICANE GUIDE: Emergency information, tracking map and storm resources

But many of you also kept up with the latest developments on social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter.

So, as this hurricane season gets ready to kick off — and we’re looking at the possibility of another busy one — I encourage you to follow our social media accounts.

• Our Facebook account can be found here: www.facebook.com/tampabaycom/

• Our Twitter handle is @TB_Times.

• We also expect to be active during a hurricane on our Instagram account at @tampabaytimes

We also launched during Irma a Facebook group page in which readers could post their own information, ask questions and interact with others. We found this to be a vital marketplace for information. If a hurricane is headed our way, we will do that again, so please keep an eye out for that and join the group.

Another way to get prepared is to download the Tampa Bay Times mobile app for your smartphone and sign up for push notifications, which will be sent you frequently during a storm. You also can download the TBO weather app, which has up-to-the-minute radar and forecasts.

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CHARLIE FRAGO: How to (barely) survive a week without power

COLLEEN WRIGHT: I took shelter from Irma. Here’s what I learned.

WAVENEY ANN MOORE: How I took care of my mother during Irma

MOLLY MOORHEAD: How to hunker down when you’re not evacuating

CAITLIN JOHNSTON: Evacuating? Drive tens of miles — not hundreds

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Forecasters predict an active Atlantic storm season

Heed Irma’s lessons to protect your stuff

Gear up to gut it out. Prepare your kit now.

Don’t wait for the storm to protect your pets

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