Board of Supervisors OK’s Assistance for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has authorized assistance to the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada following Sunday’s mass shooting of hundreds of concert-goers, Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood said.

In an urgency action, the Board authorized deployment of County employees as requested by the City of Las Vegas and Clark County. The Board also requested a report within 60 days regarding assistance provided and costs.

“As a County Family, our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of all of those who were taken, the hundreds who were injured, and the thousands who will be forever traumatized by this horrific assault,” Lovingood said. “Tragically, we as an organization and as a family have been here before. Although for many of us the trauma lingers, we as a County are in a unique position to lend any assistance that is needed to those affected by this latest event, and we have already begun to reach out to the City of Las Vegas and Clark County to offer whatever help we can provide.”

Coroner’s staff have already been deployed. Additional assistance will be sent pending requests and approval.

The County Department of Behavioral Health is currently coordinating behavioral health services through the FBI and San Bernardino County Human Resources for County staff and residents that were in attendance at the event, as well as providing continued crisis response locally through our crisis response teams and our behavioral health access unit phone line.  The local FBI Office of Victims Assistance, who is working in collaboration with Federal FBI on this incident, reached out to DBH to help facilitate behavioral health services for affected individuals who reside in San Bernardino County.

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman attacked attendees of a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada killing at least 59 people, including one County employee. Several other County employees were among the more than 500 people injured in the mass shooting. On Monday, October 2, 2017, the County reached out to the city of Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada to express condolences and offer assistance. This action supported the County and Chief Executive Officer’s SB Strong goal and objective to assist and share lessons learned with those suffering tragedies similar to the December 2, 2015 terrorist attack.

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