How to Connect with Family Members, Donate Blood after Las Vegas Shooting

October 02, 2017 09:04 PM

The city of Las Vegas has set up a hotline and reunification center for families who are looking for loved ones after Sunday's deadly shooting at a country concert that has left dozens dead and at least 515 people injured.

People who are looking for loved ones should call 1-800-536-9488. 


Authorities and city officials have also called for people to donate blood. Hours after the incident, long lines were seen outside blood banks. 

Minnesota's Memorial Blood Centers spokesperson Elizabeth Star told KSTP the group is not sending blood to Las Vegas.

"While we certainly have sent blood to areas affected by tragedy -- like Orlando after last summer's nightclub shooting, and blood banks in the southeast after the recent hurricanes --- we've learned that we won't be sending blood to Las Vegas due to an outpouring of support from their local community."

Star added though, there is a need for blood donations every day. Currently, Memorial Blood Centers has "a dangerously low inventory of B negative blood." 

Here is some information on how to donate:

What types of donations can a donor make?

While whole blood is the most common donation, a donor can also give platelets, red cells and plasma.

Should I prepare before I donate?

It's recommended that a donor drinks plenty of fluids on the day of his/her donation. It's also recommended the donor eats lots of iron-rich foods, especially in the weeks prior to donating.

If a donor is taking any medications, bring that information as well as a donor card (if the donor has one), a driver's license or two other forms of identification.

How does the donation process work?

Typically, a donor completes a form that asks for your name, address, phone number and donor identification card number, if the donor has one. The donor answers questions about his/her personal health and places he/she has recently traveled during a private interview with a staff member at the donation site. The donor's temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure and heart rate will be checked as well.

If the donor is deemed fit to give blood, the actual donation process will take roughly 10 minutes for whole blood donations or roughly two hours for platelet, red cell or plasma donations.

Information on donations through Memorial Blood Centers

Find Red Cross blood donation information, including answers to other frequently asked questions, here.

Find a blood drive location near you at which to donate here. 


Theresa Malloy & Rebecca Omastiak

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