American Red Cross Statement on Attacks in Paris

The American Red Cross issued the following statement on the attacks in Paris:

Our hearts go out to all those in France and around the world that are dealing with this tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those injured.

The American Red Cross works closely with the French Red Cross and is ready to assist if necessary.

The French Red Cross has mobilized 300 volunteers so far. They are supporting first responders, providing first aid and working in close coordination with officials to determine how they can best help the community and emergency workers as the situation continues to evolve.

We understand that people around the United States want to help and we appreciate that nationwide show of support. The American Red Cross is not seeking donations to support this tragedy at this time.

If someone is concerned about loved ones, the best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in France is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also established a hotline for missing person’s inquiries at 011-33-1-45-50-34-60 or you can submit a request to American Red Cross online.

Something like this is upsetting. Watching the events in Paris unfold both on television and social media can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. It’s important at a time like this to remember that it's okay to feel nervous. People should take care of themselves and their families, and for example, can reach out to others to offer and receive support. Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. It’s also important for people not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.

As with the rest of the global community, we will stand by to do whatever we can to support those affected.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.