This is a horrific day in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured. I have been in touch with the President, Mayor Menino and our public safety leaders. Our focus is on making sure that the area around Copley Square is safe and secured. I am asking everyone to stay away from Copley Square and let the first responders do their jobs.
The City of Boston has opened a resource and information center at the Castle at Park Plaza, located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Arlington Street, where:
• Members of the public can come in for information on counseling services
• Displaced residents can receive information on sheltering services.
• Runners can pick up their belongings that were left behind.
• Runners can re-connect with friends and family.
Resources for families trying to reach loved ones:
Call the Mayor’s Hotline 617-635-4500
Red Cross Safe and Well – 1-800-REDCROSS or redcross.org/safeandwell
Person Finder – Boston Marathon
For crisis counseling:
Visit the American Red Cross website
Traffic and Commuter Information:
Expect delays and increased law enforcement presence throughout the city and the transit system.
A crime scene perimeter has been established in Back Bay.
If you have any photos or knowledge of the events or persons involved, please contact the Boston Crime Tips Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS or the FBI Tip Line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (Prompt #3). For more information, visit the City of Boston website.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross will be conducting canteen operations to support responders in several locations in Boston. These will include The Public Garden, Arlington Castle, and in the vicinity of the crime scene perimeter. ARC is working with DPH and the Dept. of Mental Health to support mental health needs. Department of Public Health (DPH):DPH is working with The Dept. of Mental Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and US Dept. of Health and Human Services to coordinate resources and needs for crisis counselors.
The Salvation Army remains on site at the Family Assistance Center, located at the Park Plaza Castle, as long as support is needed.
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