Editor’s Notebook: The Hurricane Sandy Edition


Jeff Genung
• Sooo … what’s new? How about that weather?
• The big news – the only news – is Hurricane Sandy, of course, and we here at The Evening Sun are right on top of it. Maybe not in that stand-outside-in-the-middle-of-it-on-camera-to-prove-you’re-really-there TV weatherman kind of way, but still. Brian Golden, our intrepid police/fire/natural disaster beat reporter, will be on the job all night, literally – he’s camping out in the ES newsroom here on Lackawanna Avenue, promising to bring you online (here, Facebook and Twitter) updates as the storm progresses. He’ll be braving the winds back and forth between our office and the emergency operations center on East Main to keep you updated.
• That will last as long as the power does, of course. After that, we’re pretty much at a loss. We fully plan on publishing a paper Tuesday (single-section to avoid timing issues), but without power, that obviously won’t be possible. There may come a time tomorrow when, if power is not restored, we will have to give up on Tuesday’s print edition entirely, and focus our efforts on web updates and on putting out a regular edition Wednesday. If that happens, it’ll be the first time in anyone’s memory (and possibly, ever) that we’ve failed to put out a print edition. Since 1891. Here’s hoping we don’t break that streak tomorrow.
• Been bombarded with closing notices all afternoon, everything from Planned Parenthood to GHS. Aside from schools (and the county itself), we won’t be able to keep up with all those closings individually. Bottom line: Use your head. Roads are closed officially between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. tomorrow, and God only knows what will happen after that. When in doubt, call. Chances are, if it’s nasty out, it’s closed.
• OK, that’s enough for me … I’m gonna head home, and hopefully that’s where you are, too! I’ll be keeping abreast of things electronically, and helping Brian give you updates as long as we can tonight. Stay safe, Chenango!
• And before I sign off … My heartfelt gratitude and well wishes to the men and women who will be out serving the populace in emergency services tonight. You are truly the real heroes of Chenango County!

• Sooo … what’s new? How about that weather?

• The big news – the only news – is Hurricane Sandy, of course, and we here at The Evening Sun are right on top of it. Maybe not in that stand-outside-in-the-middle-of-it-on-camera-to-prove-you’re-really-there TV weatherman kind of way, but still. Brian Golden, our intrepid police/fire/natural disaster beat reporter, will be on the job all night, literally – he’s camping out in the ES newsroom here on Lackawanna Avenue, promising to bring you online (here, Facebook and Twitter) updates as the storm progresses. He’ll be braving the winds back and forth between our office and the emergency operations center on East Main to keep you updated.

• That will last as long as the power does, of course. After that, we’re pretty much at a loss. We fully plan on publishing a paper Tuesday (single-section to avoid timing issues), but without power, that obviously won’t be possible. There may come a time tomorrow when, if power is not restored, we will have to give up on Tuesday’s print edition entirely, and focus our efforts on web updates and on putting out a regular edition Wednesday. If that happens, it’ll be the first time in anyone’s memory (and possibly, ever) that we’ve failed to put out a print edition. Since 1891. Here’s hoping we don’t break that streak tomorrow.

• Been bombarded with closing notices all afternoon, everything from Planned Parenthood to GHS. Aside from schools (and the county itself), we won’t be able to keep up with all those closings individually. Bottom line: Use your head. Roads are closed officially between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. tomorrow, and God only knows what will happen after that. When in doubt, call. Chances are, if it’s nasty out, it’s closed.

• OK, that’s enough for me … I’m gonna head home, and hopefully that’s where you are, too! I’ll be keeping abreast of things electronically, and helping Brian give you updates as long as we can tonight. Stay safe, Chenango!

• And before I sign off … My heartfelt gratitude and well wishes to the men and women who will be out serving the populace in emergency services tonight. You are truly the real heroes of Chenango County!