Jessica Crowley after running the Boston Marathon.

Cathy Nguyen, American Red Cross contributor

Runners take your mark, get set, and go! It’s the time of year when the oldest marathon in the nation, The Boston Marathon, begins. Boston continues to be resilient after the tragedy that took place in 2013.

In honor of the 121-year old run, we highlight some emergency safety and preparedness tips on what to do before, during and after a large-scale event.

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Safe and Well

When an emergency strikes, it is oftentimes very chaotic and the only thing friends and family want to know is that their loved ones are safe. The Red Cross created the Safe and Well website which allows loved ones to search and alert others of their well-being. Pre-register before a big event and have quick access to notify others of your safety.

Preparing for an Emergency

Another online resource that can provide information in an emergency is the How to Prepare for Emergencies section of The site offers planning and preparedness tips and information on what to do before, during and after several types of emergencies.

Red Cross apps.

There’s an App for That

We live in a day and age where our phones provide us with a constant connection to the world and information is readily available at our fingertips. The Red Cross Emergency App allows you to have the same resources as the online site in an easy to use format. Download the app today and have preparedness and emergency tips a few clicks away.

Whether you’re trying to set a record or complete a bucket list goal, the marathon is a celebration of health and dreams for many. Be Red Cross Ready and have peace of mind.