First responders and emergency medical personnel were at the scene almost immediately, but there is work for you to do too.
A series of explosions less than 50 yards from the finish line of the Boston Marathon has left two people dead and at least 100 more injured. Details are sketchy about the cause and scope of the explosions, but here are several concrete things you can do right now to help in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.
(We’ll be listing more ways you can provide help to those involved in the Boston Marathon explosions, so check back to this page in the coming days.)
*TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good), a project of the Boston technology community, has set up a fund in support of victims. All donations will go to the Red Cross, the Boston Children’s Hospital, and other groups working with victims. Donate here.
INITIAL WAYS TO HELP 4/15
2) If you were in the area, register your current status on the Red Cross Safe and Well site. This way, anyone looking for you can see that you’re alive and well. (Also, if you’re in downtown Boston right now, text message loved ones instead of calling. In this critical moment, it’s important to keep open as much cell phone bandwidth as possible.)
3) Donate blood. It’s important not just now, but always. You can make sure your city has enough blood in the event of a disaster by donating regularly. (In Boston? Here’s where you go.) Right now, there is plenty of donated blood in Boston to meet demand, according to the American Red Cross.
4) The Boston Mayor’s 24-hour hotline is 617-635-4500. That’s the number to call for information about first responders. If you were in the area and saw anything, and feel like you might have information that’s helpful to investigators, call 1-800-494-TIPS.
5) In you live in Boston and have extra space in your home, considerproviding temporary lodging for those in the area who are stranded due to the bombing. You can fill out this form if you’re stuck in Boston and need a place to stay, as well.
6) One of the bombs reportedly detonated near a VIP area for families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. You can still make a donation to the Newtown Memorial Fund as families work to recover from that tragedy. Here are some other ways to support Newtown families. (Note: It is unclear if the Newtown families were in any way targeted in the attack.)