Two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line today, an area that was crowded with runners and spectators, leaving at least three people dead and 130 injured, several of them children.
As the story develops, here are a few resources to help people reconnect with loved ones, find their personal belongings or lend a helping hand to those in need.
Keep in mind that cell phone service has been spotty today in the Boston area because of high volume.
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. Visit the Facebook page HERE
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. Visit the website HERE
Strangers Offering Housing to Marathon Victims: Marathon participants or spectators who are stranded in the Boston area and need a place to stay can fill out THIS FORM to connect with people who are offering housing.
WHERE TO SUBMIT 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community members wanting 2 help this investigation can call 1(800) CALL-FBI or the BPD's Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS.
— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 16, 2013
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. Visit the website HERE
Google's Person Finder: Google's tool set up a page specifically for Boston marathon victims to look up or submit information about the injured. Visit the website HERE
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.
— RedCrossEasternMA (@RedCrossEastMA) April 15, 2013