Update on Boston Marathon Emergency - 6:45 PM
- April 15, 2013
- Update on Boston Marathon EmergencyApril 15, 2013 – 6:45 PMThe situation in downtown Boston is still unfolding as emergency personnel respond to the explosions that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon earlier this afternoon.Our priority at this time is confirming the well being of members of the Tufts community who were running the marathon, or attending as volunteers or spectators.We have received reports that two Tufts students who were spectators were injured in the explosion. They sustained non life-threatening injuries and are being treated at area hospitals.We have unconfirmed reports that all our runners are safe although we have not been able to reach all runners. It is difficult to identify all those who may have been watching the race but we will provide additional information as soon as we have confirmed it.You may have heard reports of a suspicious package found in the emergency room at Tufts Medical Center. The emergency room was evacuated as a precaution. Boston Police investigated and found the package posed no threat to safety. Operations are proceeding normally at the Tufts Medical Center.If you are in Boston and you need transportation back to the Medford/Somerville campus, Tufts has arranged for bus transportation from 136 Harrison Avenue on the Boston health sciences campus.A service will be held at 9:15 PM tonight at Goddard Chapel on the Medford/Somerville campus. The chapel will open at 8:00 PM for anyone who wants to talk with someone, meditate or pray. Rabbi Summit will be at the gathering.If you want further information or need counseling services, please contact Tufts Police at 617-627-3030.We will provide another update this evening or as soon as information becomes available.
Tufts Emergency Alert System
In an emergency the university will attempt to communicate with the community through a variety of methods. Use of the latest available technology provides us with several ways to reach community members through public postings, information hotlines, and an Emergency Alert System integrating telephone, text messaging and email.