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Red Cross stands ready to support the Boston Marathon

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Red Cross stands proud and ready to support the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon

The American Red Cross has a 40-year history with the Boston Marathon, a longstanding tradition that continues this year with an even stronger presence

With medical volunteers, runners and disaster actions teams, the Red Cross stands proud and ready to support the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21:

  • 400 EMT- level volunteers will staff medical and water stations along the Boston Marathon route.
  • 30 mental health volunteers will be available along the course to support anyone having emotional reactions.
  • Our Disaster Operations Center will be fully staffed at our Cambridge headquarters.
  • Volunteers will staff 5 Emergency Operation Centers at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Office of Emergency Management, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and at FEMA.
  • 120 additional disaster volunteers will be pre-positioned on either side of the marathon route to respond to any local emergencies that may occur. Another 30 disaster volunteers on standby across the state.
  • 60 members of Team Red Cross will run to raise money for Red Cross programs and services.
  • Last year, more than 300 Red Cross volunteers responded to the Boston Marathon bombing, and provided more than 47,000 meals and snacks to first responders, families and mourners, made 3,644 mental health contacts, distributed 3,100 relief items and provided financial grants to 44 families of the injured and deceased.

    People needing emotional support on Marathon Day are encouraged to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746, or to call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 1-800-847-0710. Those experiencing acute psychiatric distress can call the B.E.S.T. Team at 1-800-981-4357.

    We are honored to support this historic event. Visit RedCross.Org/Massachusetts to find out how you can get involved in the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross.