This holiday weekend, the Red Cross of Massachusetts stands ready to help in the event of an emergency. On Friday, July 4, Red Cross volunteers will staff the Patient Connection call center at the Red Cross regional headquarters in Cambridge, MA.
Funded by the Patriots' Day Fund, a charitable fund established by Fidelity Investments employees in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, Patient Connection is a system that allows families to reconnect with injured loved ones who are hospitalized following large disasters or incidents. In the event of a large scale disaster where 10 or more people are hospitalized in the state of Massachusetts, Patient Connection will be available to help people find their loved ones.
When large-scale emergencies occur, searching for an injured loved one can be a slow, terrifying and complicated process. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts, working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and hospitals across the state is proud to offer Patient Connection.
The system will be active and on alert all weekend. In the event of an emergency, the Patient Connection number will be released by the Red Cross through the news media, local emergency alert systems and social media.
In addition to staffing the Patient Connection system, Red Cross volunteers will also be staffing the Boston Emergency Operation Center and remotely staffing the Boston Public Health and Unified Command Center.
The Red Cross encourages everyone to be ready for the unexpected this Fourth of July by following these safety tips.