Red Cross Responds to Tragic Shooting Event at Ft. Hood

Yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood has reopened emotional wounds that were still healing from the shooting five years ago.

Fort Hood, Texas – Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 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 continue to provide support and services military families have come to expect from the Red Cross.

“Yesterday’s tragic event at Ft. Hood has reopened emotional wounds that were still healing from the shooting five years ago,” said Diane Manwill, LPC LMFT LCPC-S and Sr. Associate for Mental Health, Service to the Armed Forces of the American Red Cross. “Although members of military communities are very resilient, some may find themselves facing a challenging time coping with this tragedy.”

This is a difficult time for the entire community, both military and civilian, who are watching this event. People may experience feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows for sure what will happen next. Some people may have a hard time sleeping, experience a loss of appetite and yet others may be uneasy about returning to their work place. Remember that it's okay to feel anxious.

Here are a few things to think about to get you through the next days and weeks:

  • Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
  • 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.
  • Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.
  • People should be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy.
  • To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
  • Many times, people around the country simply want to do something after a tragedy like this, and there are steps that people can take to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.

  • Register for a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course at redcross.org so that you can be better prepared to help in future emergencies.
  • Download the free Red Cross First Aid App which puts free and simple lifesaving information in your hands.
  • All Red Cross apps are available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • 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 continues to work in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.

    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.