First, this is a developing event so don’t run with “the latest report on Boston explosions!” as what it is. We saw the problems when contradicting and fabricated information was released about the Sandy Hook incident, and it wasn’t pretty.
Second, don’t assume that it was a terrorist attack, don’t assume it was a gas line explosion, don’t assume it was intentional, don’t assume it was unintentional. Just assume that there were two explosions and no matter how much you “think” you know, just let it be. Otherwise your imagination will take you on a frantic ride.
Third, every person/organization that you think might know something about what happened is already fielding calls from tens of thousands of other people with the same idea. Stay off of your cellular device and let the network recoil from the usage that it is currently dealing with.
Fourth, stay calm and realize that this is currently an isolated incident, and you are safe.
After I piece together credible information regarding the events that took place I will summarize:
1. What happened
2. How it happened
3. What it means
4. What you can do to help
5. What you can do to protect yourself and others.