We are deeply saddened by last night's attack in Nice, France, which has so far claimed the lives of more than 80 people.
Dozens of others were injured when a man drove a truck into crowds watching a Bastille Day fireworks display along a 1.2-mile stretch of Promenade des Anglais on the city's seafront. As the country continues to reel from the violence, the French Red Cross has stepped up to help people affected by this tragedy.
Red Cross volunteers mobilized quickly to open two reception centers that are providing relief and aid to victims and their loved ones. The Red Cross is supporting a call center to help victims and their families navigate the chaos that often ensues after disasters. The French Red Cross will continue to support those affected and coordinate with the local government and emergency services to support.
The American Red Cross works closely with the French Red Cross and is ready to assist if necessary.
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, but we recommend that people visit the French Red Cross's website and Twitter page for updates as the situation continues to unfold.
For those concerned about loved ones in France: 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.
Something like this is upsetting. Watching the events in Nice 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 by this violence.