MONTPELIER, Vt. — When Tropical Storm Irene flooded mountain valley towns in Vermont two years ago, some savvy residents turned to social media to rally for help and spread news.
Their posts on Facebook pages and other community forums were answered in droves with volunteers, fund-raising, and supplies.
Now advocates are making sure every community has access to an online community platform where they can share information with their neighbors and pull together in times of need as Vermont spreads broadband service to all corners of the rural state.
An online community called Front Porch Forum is now available to all 251 Vermont towns and cities. Residents can register for free, and once 100 people have signed up in the community, it goes live. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.