Google has employed its Person Finder tool to help people locate family and friends who may have been hurt in the explosions that occurred today near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Users can search for or report the whereabouts of a missing person by filling out an online form. All of the information is crowdsourced and is not verified by Google. There were 2,500 records on file as of the time of this post.
Cell phone service in Boston is currently available, but limited due to a heavy traffic volume, according to a report by the Associated Press. A Twitter user has offered this practical solution for aiding victims of the tragedy:
RT @_dtl: If you live in downtown Boston, please enable open access on your WiFi so people can get in touch with family and friends.
— NY Tech Meetup (@NYTM) April 15, 2013