The American Red Cross extends its deepest condolences to those affected by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
ON THE GROUND At the request of local authorities, the Red Cross is providing food, water and emotional support for affected families and first responders in Newtown. At this time, several emergency response vehicles are on the ground and more than 100 Red Cross trained workers, including mental health professionals, are helping to comfort and care for this community amid tragedy. The Red Cross is also supporting grief counseling centers that are available for Newton residents.
The Red Cross will continue to work in close coordination with local authorities to determine how best to support affected families and first responders over the next few days.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT A heartbreaking event like this affects not only the family and friends of the victims, but the entire community. During this difficult time, it’s important for people affected to connect with and support each other.
Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. This is a time where people should take care of themselves and their families. For example, reach out to others to offer and receive support. People should also be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy. For more information, read tips from the Red Cross on caring for your emotional health.
The Red Cross joins all in keeping the families and community in our thoughts and prayers. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support response efforts. If people want to make a donation to support the affected families, the United Way of Western Connecticut has created a Sandy Hook School Support Fund. For more information, visit https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.