Monday, April 15, 2013

Our (Evilish) Thoughts Are with Those Involved in the Boston Marathon

In lieu of a post today, I just wanted to extend our thoughts, prayers, good vibes (or what have you) are with the runners, their families, the first responders and everyone involved today. One of our own, Adrienne Jones, has a sister (who was running in memorial for her son) and other relatives involved in the marathon. Thankfully they are all okay but the wait for information was no doubt agonizing, and there are still people checking in with loved ones.

Via Audry Taylor on Facebook, here are a collection of links, phone numbers, and other resources.

  • Twitter hashtag to search for is #BostonMarathon 
  • If events are triggering you, call Disaster Distress Line 1-800-985-5990. Twitter ID is @distressline & FB page is
  • Families in search of loved ones: 1-617-635-4520 
  • Information leading to an arrest: 1-800-494-TIPS
  • Google has created a Boston Marathon Explosion person finder 
  • Follow @BostonGlobe on Twitter for news updates.
  • Cell phone service may have been shut off in Boston to prevent remote detonations. The full police force is out on duty doing their job.
  • Confirm information before you share it. Do not share old information like "there's been another explosion" if it's several minutes old. Try to stick to most recent info. Turn off your social media if you need to. Take a break if you need to.

Also, writers, now is a *great* time to turn off scheduled promo tweets and the like. It can't always be helped but keep in mind that even when you aren't directly involved in something like this, I guarantee some of your followers are. If not somber, be respectful, please. There are always more important things going on than your promo. 

Remember, be gentle with people. Not just today but always. 

Love and hugs to Adrienne and her family. The ELEW are here if you need us. 

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