Yesterday was a horrible day for Parkland, South Florida, and our nation. We are grateful for our first responders, local, state and federal law enforcement, and especially the teachers and staff who heroically fought to protect their students. We mourn the lives taken, and we will be here as a community for the families and for one another.

In this difficult time, I wanted to share resources that are available for anyone, especially students and families, struggling to cope with this trauma. These locations and helplines are currently open and have grief counselors on-site:

Pine Trails Park Recreation Center and Ampitheater 10559 Trails End  Parkland, FL 33076
Coral Springs Gymnasium 2501 Coral Springs Dr Coral Springs, FL 33065
Coral Springs Center for Performing Arts 2855 Coral Springs Dr Coral Springs, FL 33065
Westglades Middle School 11000 Holmberg Rd Parkland, FL 33076
CDC Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990 Text TalkWithUs to 66746
Broward County Distress Helpline Call 2-1-1  

The FBI is seeking information regarding the shooting. Upload photos on the FBI’s website or call their anonymous tip line at 1-800-Call-FBI.

Finally, our local blood center is asking donors with Type O-negative blood to donate. While initial blood needs for victims have been met, OneBlood has said it needs to replenish our area’s available O-negative blood supply. Find donation locations here.

Kind regards,

Ted Deutch