Coral Springs, Fla., February 14, 2018. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the tragic shooting in Broward County, Florida.
The Red Cross is on the ground working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is helping to establish a family assistance center, and mobilizing mental health and spiritual care volunteers to provide support. Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support the community and the loved ones of those who have been harmed.
While we do not typically serve hospitals in South Florida, the American Red Cross is providing 50 units of type O negative blood to support hospitals in response to the shooting. We stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed. The Red Cross is grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country. It’s the blood that is already on the shelves that helps during an emergency. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives.
This tragedy shows that emergencies can happen in any community at any time. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support this event both financially and with supplies.
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/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross .