How to help after the Las Vegas shooting: Blood, tips needed

How to help after the Las Vegas shooting: Blood, tips needed
Posted at 1:00 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 18:17:05-04

LAS VEGAS — Hundreds were injured and dozens died when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. The country is now responding and searching for ways to help.

Late morning estimates on the number of casualties put the injured at 515 and 58 dead, with the massive influx of injuries prompting a need for blood.

Nevada residents have responded in droves, rushing to blood banks to donate the life-saving fluid which can be depleted so quickly in natural disasters.

Across the nation, Americans and Coloradans can help by donating blood to ensure blood banks have plenty to spare, and shipments can be made in the event of a critical shortage. 

FIND A LOCATION | Bonfils Blood Center has a location near you, and you can find those locations by tapping this link. 

According to Bonfils, the need for blood from Coloradans will be greater in the coming weeks, so they're asking donors to schedule their appointments. 

"Already the local Las Vegas community and communities across the country including here in Colorado are coming forward in solidarity to support and honor those impacted by this senseless shooting. It’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives when tragedy strikes. Blood has a shelf life, so it is important that donations are given on an ongoing basis.

We understand that people want to come forward now to show their support, however, to effectively manage the blood supply for patients, we are asking donors to make appointments to give blood throughout the coming days and weeks," a statement from Bonfils read. 

Reputable organizations like the Red Cross are accepting donations as they help organize response and help reroute blood to victims.

The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting donations online and by phone at 702-369-3674.

Las Vegas officials have also set up a GoFundMe account to help families of victims pay for funerals or travel expenses. Donations are being accepted here. 

For those who were in the area at the time of the shooting, or who saw something suspicious leading up to it, the FBI is also asking for your help. 

FBI officials are standing by to take phone calls in the form of tips or video and photo submissions at 1-800-225-5324. 

Officials also established a hotline to help separated families or concerned family members who know their loved one was in the Las Vegas area at the time become reunited or learn the status of their loved one. Those family members can call 1-866-535-5654.