Boston Marathon bombings: How you can help

As the investigation continues into the bombings during the Boston Marathon, many are wondering how they can help. Here are some options.

As the investigation continues into the bombings during the Boston Marathon, many are wondering how they can help. Here are some ways:

The Red Cross

The Red Cross has a ďSafe and WellĒ 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.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will be offering food, beverages and crisis counseling to survivors and first respondents. Get involved here.

Social Media

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.

Displaced runners

Boston.com has set up a Google Doc for those in need of a place to stay or have a place to house runners who canít return home or canít return to their hotels.

The Boston Athletic Association individual tracker is also working to track runners.

Text, donít call

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has suggested via social media that for people trying to reach friends and family who canít get through via phone, texting is the best option as it requires less bandwidth. The Boston mayorís hotline is also a land line option: 617-635-4500.