WASHINGTON, Monday, April 15, 2013 — Our hearts go out to everyone in Boston dealing with this tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those injured.
Right now, it’s important for people in Boston to listen to the advice of local officials and stay at home so that the roads are clear for emergency responders. 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. If you have access to a computer, go to redcross.org/safeandwell to list yourself as safe. If you don’t, they can text loved ones or call a one family member and ask them to register you on the site. We are experiencing high volume, so please check back if you have a problem connecting.
The American Red Cross in Boston has a long history of supporting the marathon with volunteers and first aid stations. Even before the explosion we were assisting with the race and we continue to support runners, their loved ones and the entire community with mental health assistance, food, drinks and blankets at the reception sites. In addition, the Red Cross has provided 100 additional blood products to several area hospitals to help meet the needs of those injured at the Boston Marathon. We are also bringing in additional mental health workers for those who will need emotional support in the coming days. The Red Cross will be working in close coordination with officials to determine how else we can best help the community and support emergency workers.
We also know that many people want to help. Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. The Red Cross also has the financial resources it needs to support this event right now. We are asking those who want to help to make an appointment to give blood in the coming weeks and months. They can do that by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.