Boston Marathon: What You Can Do, Resources

Events like the bombing at the Boston Marathon make all of us feel so helpless, and we are thinking of everyone in Boston, including our friends at Boston Magazine. The truth is, though we are all impelled to offer some kind of assistance, there is not very much we can do from Philadelphia today.

What follows is a list of resources primarily for those in Boston; please share it with friends and family, and we will update it as we can. For Philadelphia-related coverage, check in with the Philly Post.

The below is from Digital First Media and ABC News:

The Red Cross has a “Safe and Well” page where individuals are encouraged to let concerned friends and family know they are doing well. The organization is not asking for blood donations at this time. Instead, the organization is encouraging people who were at the race to update their social media pages with their whereabouts.

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. Visit the website by CLICKING HERE.

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. Visit the website HERE.

The Twitter hashtag #bostonhelp is available for people needing help or offering assistance. With this hashtag, people can ask for help, including food or a place to stay. And anyone offering power, WiFi or a place to stay should also use the hashtag.

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

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