Orlando tragedy: What you can do to help

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and all those affected by last night’s terrible violence in Orlando. Below are resources about how you can help and make a difference during this tragic time. We encourage you to share this information with area friends and family.

Concerned Family Members
The City of Orlando has established a hotline to check on missing family members: 407-246-4357.  Family members can also go to the Hampton Inn at 43 Columbia Street to be reunited with loved ones.

Visiting Orlando Regional Medical Center
For anyone visiting, the Family check-in location at ORMC is located at the North Tower at 52 W. Underwood Street. Please bring an ID and be able to identify your relationship to the victim.  The hospital is on tight security to ensure the safety of all.  

Facebook Safety Check-in
You can let family and friends around the country know that you are safe via Facebook’s Safety Check-in here.

Information from Event 
Law enforcement officials are looking for information and encouraging anyone who was at Pulse last night to please contact them: 800-CALL-FBI.

The Center located at 945 N. Mills Ave is now open and offering grief counseling (in English and Spanish) to those affected by the massacre. You can also call the hotline at 407-228-1446. You can also live chat online here or text zip code to 898-211 to connect via text.

Blood Donations
In the wake of this tragedy, there is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. Here is where you can donate:

  • West Michigan Donor Center – 345 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL 32806
  • Main Donor Center – 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Apopka Donor Center – 131 North Park Ave, Apopka, FL 32703
  • Kissimmee Donor Center – 1029 North John Young Pwky, Kissimmee, FL 34741
  • Oviedo Donor Center – 1954 West 426, Oviedo, FL 32765
  • Lake Mary Donor Center – 105 Waymont Ct., Lake Mary, FL 32746

To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you visit OneBlood.org or call 1.888.9Donate.

Our allies at Equality Florida have set up a GoFundMe page for the victim’s families here.

Vigil and Community Support
Equality Florida is planning vigil for tomorrow. You can sign up here to get information from EQFL on vigils and more as the details come out.

Thanks for stepping up.