American Red Cross in action following explosions in Boston

Published: 16 April 2013 10:38 CET

Volunteers from the American Red Cross were immediately on the scene following the twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Three people were killed and over 100 were injured by the explosions.

The organization’s Regional Disaster Operations Centre had been on alert all day supporting the marathon and became fully operational once the scale of the disaster was known. As part of its normal operations, the American Red Cross had 26 first aid stations positioned along the marathon route. No volunteers or staff were reported among the injured.

In addition to providing first aid services on the ground, the Red Cross also opened up its Safe and Well service (www.redcross.org/safeandwell) to allow people in Boston to list themselves as ‘safe’ to reassure family and friends.

In a statement, the organization said it was well placed to respond to the disaster. “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.”

For more information, please visit the American Red Cross website.


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