Boston Marathon relief: How to help & find info


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In what President Barack Obama today described as a “heinous and cowardly” crime, Boston Marathon runners were met at the finish line yesterday by two consecutive explosions, killing three and injuring more than 100 others.

In the wake of disaster, though, the President spoke of the heroism and generosity of all those who rushed to help, stating, “So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it. Selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”

If you’re looking for a way to offer your assistance, it’s not too late. And if you’re searching for information on the whereabouts of a friend or loved one who was in the area yesterday, there are various sites that can help.


How to help

The Salvation Army is bringing supplies and crisis counseling to victims and first responders — find out how you can help here.

The Red Cross stated yesterday that “thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand.” However, blood donations aren’t only important in times of crisis. To donate at any time, click here, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more info.

Many marathon attendees have been stranded in Boston. If you live in the area and would like to offer them a place to stay, add your information to this Google document.


How to provide information

If you have photos or videos that could offer insight into the people responsible for this tragedy, authorities are asking for you to send them to law enforcement.

To provide information, contact:

  • Boston Police Department’s tip line: 1-800-494-TIPS
  • Department’s task force tip line: 617-223-6610
  • Or email boston@ci.fbi.gov


How to find or provide information on loved ones

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts’ Safe and Well listings allow marathon attendees to register their current status and let family and friends search for the names and statuses of loved ones to confirm they are safe.

You can also look for a marathon runners’ last check-in on the Boston Marathon’s official website.

Google has also set up a Person Finder search specifically for those involved in the Boston Marathon. You can enter information about yourself or someone you know the status of, or you can search for someone.

Families of victims can call the Boston mayor’s 24-hour hotline at (617) 635-4500.

If you’re a runner looking to claim your bag, visit the Boston Marathon’s official Facebook page for details.