Cavalcade of Risk; Events in Boston

April 17th, 2013 by Julie Ferguson

Jason Shafrin has posted Cavalcade of Risk #181: The ‘What If’ Edition at Healthcare Economist. In addition to a good roundup of risk-related posts, he talks about events at the Boston Marathon from a risk perspective.
Security expert Bruce Schneier puts the risk in perspective, too: The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On
Boston’s our neighbor so it has been quite the week here. Although, really, the world is Boston’s neighbor this week. You know things are really tough when the New York Yankees pay tribute to their arch-enemy.
Many people want to do something for victims but officials warn: Be on alert for the inevitable Charity scams. Courtesy of the Consumer Insurance Blog, we’re issuing some legitimate ways that people can help the folks in Boston:
The One Fund – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
American Red Cross – You can always donate funds or blood to the American Red Cross – but you may want to wait a few weeks. Right now, the Red Cross says it has sufficient funds and blood supply to deal with events in Boston, but the need for blood is constant. People often rush to donate to a specific tragedy but donating on a regular basis can be more helpful.
Boston Children’s Hospital continues to aid in the recovery following the explosions. You can support the hospital’s efforts with a donation to the Marathon Program, which supports the hospital’s areas of greatest need, or the Emergency and Trauma fund, which helps kids and families get the emergency treatment they need when tragedy strikes.
Another donation resource that might be of interest: Children’s Hospital Boston’s Amazon wishlist
Here are some other items of note related to Boston marathon events.
First, a hat tip to the courage and professionalism of the workers: Mayors Menino, Giuliani Praise ‘Brave’ First Responders in Boston Bombing. Also, the volunteers: Marathon medical tent ‘transformed into trauma unit’, and the random citizen heroes. Without these folks, things might have been much, much worse.
Insurers offering free counseling after Boston Marathon explosions. It’s also a good time to point employees to an EAP service. Here’s a helpful resource: Managing traumatic stress: Coping with terrorism. And this: Harvard EdCast: Discussing Tragedy with Children.
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Roundup of related stories from insurance publications
Business Insurance:
Boston bombing presents big unknown for insurers
Risk Management Monitor:
For Boston
Property Casualty 360:
A Human Race
Boston Terror Attack ‘Bound to Have Impact’ on Event Cancellation Coverage
Insurance Journal:
Insurance for Sporting Events Could Be Affected by Marathon Bombings: RMS Expert
Boston Bombing Investigators Gather Evidence: Backpack, Pressure Cooker, Ball Bearings