Our thoughts and prayers go out to the city of Boston, all those who ran and supported the Boston Marathon, and all who were affected by yesterday’s events.
If you or someone you know is in or traveling to/from Boston this week, please heed the following:
The Massachusetts Emergency Management agency asks that if you are trying to reach friends and family and can’t get through via phone, texting is your best option as it requires less bandwidth.
If you are ‘Safe and Well,’ please register to say so
The Red Cross “Safe and Well” page exists to let concerned friends and family know you’re OK. Sign in there if you are in the Boston area and someone might be worried about you. The Red Cross also urges you to update your social media pages.
Travelers who had planned to visit Boston but changed their mind in light of the deadly blasts may be able to cancel their trip or leave early without penalty.
Hotels.com has instituted an emergency flex policy. Please refer to the the customer service page should you need to contact customer care.
Some Boston hotels are already offering no-questions-asked refunds. If you have a reservation downtown near the site of the bombing, I would cancel and ask for refund. As it is now a FBI crime scene, it may be difficult to get in and out of the area.
Expect security lines to take longer and more police presence at public events. From airports to hotels and other large public places, precautionary measures are being taken to ensure our security. Some hotels are restricting access to guests, others are encouraging guests to stay indoors per police department instructions.
Other affected areas include New York City where some businesses and hotels, especially those in the usually busy Times Square neighborhood, have been beefing up security, too.
When a tragedy such as yesterday’s events happen, I like to remember the words of childhood television icon, Mr. Fred Rodgers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”