For Mel and Jan Hailey, it was supposed to be a trip they were on to watch their son, Rob, run the Boston Marathon, but it turned out they did not get to go. They said they were shocked when they heard the news. Their son was okay having finished his run about an hour earlier. On 9-11, however, when their daughter was in Washington DC they could not get ahold of her for five hours.
The Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Abilene says we should all make plans before we leave town. Google has a disaster message board that is up and running now for the Boston Marathon bombings. Facebook is also testing one but it is currently only Available in Japan. They message boards only work if both parties know how to use it. That means planning for you and your loved one. It also works for others who are concerned.
The Emergency Management Coordinator said sometimes when you do not have internet access or can't get to a phone right away, just assume the best. That may help you get through those first few moments of anxiety.