In the aftermath of yesterday's shocking attack at the Boston Marathon, there is much work to be done. The FBI is leading the investigation into what President Obama called a "senseless loss" yesterday evening, and federal, state and local authorities have mobilized to help those in need. Here are a few resources that may be helpful for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
FINDING LOVED ONES:
Boston Police Help Line: Family members looking for information about individuals injured during the incident are encouraged to call 617-635-4500.
Boston Marathon Athlete Tracker: This section of the marathon’s official website lets users track runners by name or bib number to find out if he or she finished the race and when. Click here for the website.
Google Person Finder’s Boston Marathon Page: Google’s Person Finder launched a page specifically for the Boston Marathon tragedy that lets users look up information to either find someone or offer information about someone. Click here for the website.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts: This branch of the Red Cross has opened a disaster operation center to help families locate loved ones who were at the Boston Marathon. Click here for the website.
RESOURCES FOR MARATHON VICTIMS:
Boston Marathon’s Official Facebook Page: Marathon officials have been regularly updating their Facebook page with the latest information, including where runners can pick up their running bags. Click here for the website.
American Red Cross’s Safe and Well website: This allows people to register their status with the Red Cross so family members can search for them. Click here for the website.
Strangers Offering Housing to Marathon Victims: Marathon participants or spectators who are stranded in the Boston area and need a place to stay can click here for the form to fill out to connect with people who are offering housing.
WHERE TO SUBMIT TIPS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
Boston Police Tip Line: Anyone with information about the incident at the Boston Marathon is encouraged to call the Boston Police Department’s tip line: 1-800-494-TIPS or call the department’s task force tip line at 617-223-6610 or email email@example.com
YouTube: YouTube has set up a dedicated page about the terrorist attack in Boston via its Spotlight account/service. Click here for the website.
Twitter: Twitter has become the news of first resort, where news often breaks–and this is the case with the events in Boston. @Boston_Police is one particularly informative Twitter page. The Los Angeles Times has a "Boston Explosion" page, with useful information. Find that by clicking here.
CNN: The CNN This Just In blog has onging live coverage of events in Boston. Click here for the website.
The New York Times: The paper's Lede blog is also providing ongoing live coverage. Click here for the website.
Reuters: The news agency has ongoing live "Boston Explosion" reporting. Click here for the website.
USA Today: The national paper has a nice round-up on their site this morning. Click here for the website.
ESPN: Among their coverage is a story on former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi helping at the scene in Boston (see photo above). Andruzzi's three brothers were New York City Firefighters on 9/11. Andruzzi (@Andruzzi63) released a statement regarding the photo of him carrying a woman to safety, a statement that's a good message for the day.
Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today's bombings irrevocably changed that. While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today's horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals – first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. They were the true heroes. Our thoughts prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.