Red Cross Provides Assistance after Navy Yard Shooting

It’s important for people not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.

The Red Cross joins the nation and the Washington D.C. community in continuing to express its sympathy and concern for those affected by yesterday’s Navy Yard shooting. In the wake of this incident, the American Red Cross will support an assistance center today where families can receive mental health services and refreshments.

Within hours of the shooting yesterday, the Red Cross supported a family reunification center where employees were taken after they were able to leave the Navy Yard. The Red Cross also provided food, blankets and emotional support to those waiting on information about their loved ones. Red Cross Blood Services already provided nearly 90 units of blood products to local hospitals on Monday.

The Red Cross remains in close contact with our partners in the D.C. response community, including emergency, government and military officials. Over the coming days, we will be working in close coordination with them to determine how to further assist people after the deadly tragedy.

Caring for Yourself and Others

Watching the events in Washington unfold on television and social media can be stressful for people around the country, bringing up memories of other tragedies.

The Red Cross wants to reassure people that it's okay to feel uncomfortable or anxious after a tragic event like this incident. Now is the time for people to take an active role in caring for themselves and their families by reaching out to others to offer and receive support. Parents should also let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. Lastly, it’s important for people not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.

For free 24/7 counseling or support, people should contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

What You Can Do

At this moment, the Red Cross has the resources necessary to support this emergency, both financially and through an adequate local blood supply. However, there are other ways people can support the Red Cross at this time:

  • Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting
  • Be better prepared to help your neighbors during an emergency by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App or by taking a first aid and CPR course.
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    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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.