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Boston Marathon Tragedy: How You Can Help

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Apr 15, 2013 | 4:50pm EDT

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As more details and news of the unthinkable tragedy that has unfolded in Boston continues to come in  — as of 5 PM ET, at least 2 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon — here is some information we can share with you in terms of ways you can stay safe and help those affected.

The Massachusettes and Rhode Island American Red Cross have listed upcoming blood drives, as well as their phone number 1-800-RED - CROSS. The Boston Blood Donation Center is located at 74 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116. 

- If you have information on a Boston Marathon runner, or if you are looking for a person who participated in today's race, you can visit Google Person Finder. Additionally, since cell phone service has been suspended in Boston, you can use the runner check-in database on the official Boston Marathon website

You can also call two hotlines that have been set up. For inquiries about individuals, you can call 1-617-635-4500. For any useful information you may have in the wake of today's events, call 1-800-494-TIPS.

- If you are in Boston from out of town for the Marathon and need a place to stay, fill out this form to find a host.

- Stay safe. The official Twitter page for the Boston Police Department are "asking people not to congregate in large crowds."

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