We are deeply saddened by the tragic events around the shooting in Aurora that ocurred early this morning, and our hearts go out to everyone affected.
At this point the Red Cross is not accepting donations for the victims or in need of volunteers to support our response to this devastating tragedy in our community. The greatest need for those involved in this tragedy is emotional support, which the Red Cross and other groups are providing through mental health counseling. However, the Red Cross always needs support for our ongoing disaster response efforts throughout Colorado; you can donate to support disaster relief by visiting www.coloradoredcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or sign up today to become a volunteer at www.coloradoredcross.org/volunteer.
At the request of local authorities, the Red Cross chapter in Denver sent mental health workers to Gateway High School in Aurora, which was set up as an evacuation center for people who were in the movie theater. The Red Cross also provided food and water to theater patrons as well as emergency responders at the evacuation center.
This has already been a difficult summer for people in the state of Colorado, after extensive wildfires burned hundreds of homes near the cities of Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Red Cross mental health workers have been helping residents affected by those disasters, and are again available to support residents after this shooting.
Marilyn Biggerstaff, a licensed clinical social worker with the Red Cross, says that people may experience a range of emotions after a tragedy such as this.
"People may struggle to understand how something like this could happen," Biggerstaff says. "At a time like this, it’s important to ask for support from people close to you, surround yourself with people and activities that comfort you, and be careful not to overexpose yourself to media reports about the tragedy. This is a time to take care of yourself and your family."
For more information, read tips from the Red Cross on caring for your emotional health.
Register on Safe and Well
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If you have been affected by this event, you can let family and friends know about your welfare by registering on the American Red Cross website, available through redcross.org. Facebook and Twitter are integrated into Safe and Well, so you can register and update your social media status at the same time.
Concerned family and friends can also search the list of those who have registered themselves on the site. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.
Those looking for information about loved ones affected by the shooting may also call the Aurora Police Department public information line at 303-739-1862.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.