How Utahns Can Help in the Wake of the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
October 2, 2017
We all mourn the tragic and horrific events of last night’s shooting, and our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their friends. We encourage all Utahns to reach out, and do what they can to alleviate the great suffering in our neighboring state. There are several ways you can help today.
- Donate blood. Las Vegas and Nevada officials have repeatedly emphasized the need for blood donations as medical professionals seek to treat the injured and save lives. Blood donation activity is picking up at donation centers around the Wasatch front and in southern Utah. We expect that mobile drives will be busy as well. Please donate if possible. Blood from Utah drives can be sent to Las Vegas to help victims.
If you plan to donate blood, please be sure to call ahead to make an appointment. You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment.
Visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter your zip code to find a blood drive near you. Below you’ll find maps and information about drives in Salt Lake and St. George.
2. Give money. Those who are unable to donate blood can donate money to the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross to support victims. Las Vegas and Clark County officials have created a GoFund Me Campaign where individuals can donate money for relief and financial support for victims and families. You can find it here. If you choose to give money, be sure that you take a moment to ensure that the charity or group you give to is legitimate.
Utah is sending more help as well. The Department of Public Safety is sending a computer forensic examiner from the state crime lab to Las Vegas to assist investigators.
The Department of Public Safety is in touch with Nevada counterparts. Commissioner Keith Squires and the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center are in communication with Nevada’s Fusion Center. They are communicating in real time and Utah has offered assistance.
State leaders from Human Services and Mental Health are working with Nevada’s state leaders to assess crisis counseling needs and capacity. Nevada state leaders are still evaluating needs, but say their greatest need at the moment is additional medical personnel. St. George clinicians and personnel are on standby to deploy if requested by Nevada.
Utah’s 24-7 crisis counseling hotline out of the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute is connected to Nevada’s crisis line network and will receive rollover calls if Nevada’s line reaches capacity. Utahns affected by this tragedy who need a certified crisis hotline number can call (801) 587-3000 (24-7) or (801) 587-1055 (9 AM – 10 PM).
The Utah Department of Health is in touch with the Department of Health in Nevada.
The Department of Health is sending a medical examiner licensed to practice in Nevada to Clark County.
The Department of Health has emergency preparedness resources that will be sent to Nevada if requested.
If necessary, the Utah Health Emergency Response Team (composed of medical professionals) will be sent down to Las Vegas.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a resource page on dealing with your feelings and others’ feelings, including children, related to incidence of mass violence. You can find it here.
This page will be updated throughout the day.