American Red Cross
Our hearts go out to all those in Boston dealing with this tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those injured.
Right now, if you are in Boston or have loved ones there, knowing people are safe is the best way to bring peace of mind. It is important for people to connect with one another. Go to redcross.org/safeandwell to list loved ones as safe or do that if you have heard from loved ones there. Remind loved ones in Boston that text is often the best way to get through to each other in an emergency.
Over the next few hours, the Red Cross will be working in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers.
If people want to help, the best thing they can do right now is keep the people of Boston in their thoughts and post the status of loved ones in Boston on our Safe and Well site. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support this event.
Many Red Cross volunteers and workers were on the marathon course, as they are every year to support the runners. Communication in the area is difficult and we are working right now to reconnect with those workers.
Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand.
The Red Cross has sent more than 100 additional blood products to several Boston area hospitals to help meet patient needs.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood in the days and weeks ahead.