Red Cross Statement on Ft. Hood

Following yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood, Texas, the American Red Cross continues to extend our thoughts and prayers to the members of the military community stationed there. Our Service to the Armed Forces staff stationed at Ft. Hood have all been accounted for and are safe. They continue to provide the support and services military families have come to expect from the Red Cross.

The Red Cross closed the shelter at the Killeen Community Center following the “All Clear” signal at Ft. Hood. The military members and their families who took advantage of the shelter were provided food and drink.

Shortly after the shooting, the Red Cross provided nearly 130 units of blood and platelets to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Thanks to the generosity of volunteer blood donors, there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. We appreciate that many donors will want to give blood or platelets in light of this incident. Eligible blood donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

The Red Cross stands at the ready to assist with any additional requests of mental health support, blood and blood products as needed.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.