I had intended to sit down and write a post this evening, but I’m finding that I just can’t focus, so instead, some helpful links for anyone else in Boston or who is looking for people in Boston:
Official Boston people-finder: 617-635-4500
There is also a crowd-sourced google people finder here (there were early reports of cell coverage being shut down, but it seems to be fine now).
There’s another crowd-source for people who traveled in for the marathon who need a place to stay. I’m also local – I don’t have much space to offer myself, but I know a fair number of people in the area, so if you need accommodation, feel free to hit me up (askanislamicist at gmail dot com).
The most recent reports I’ve seen say that the Red Cross is not actively seeking blood donations, but blood has a short shelf-life – if you’re still interested in donating, you can set up an appointment for it later in the week here (the Red Cross site is understandably overburdened, so if the link doesn’t work, check back in a few hours).
For anyone affected by today’s events who wants some help coping with what you’re experiencing, the Red Cross also offers some mental health care. In addition, you can contact the Samaritans 24/7 by phone at 877 870 4673 or online at samaritanshope.org.
If anyone has any other resources for supporting people in Boston or beyond, please feel free to leave a comment.