Dear Members of the UCSF Community,
We are stunned and saddened by the loss of life and injuries sustained last night at the hand of a gunman in Las Vegas – now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as with the people of Las Vegas.
We applaud the efforts of all first responders, including the local police, FBI, and others and the teams of trauma specialists and health professionals who quickly acted in response to the mass casualties. Hundreds of wounded are receiving treatment and care at local hospitals, and UCSF Medical Center is inquiring as to the need for blood donations or other types of assistance.
Unfortunately, incidents like these happen all too frequently in our nation. America’s epidemic of gun violence is a public health crisis that is unrivaled in the rest of the developed world.
At UCSF, we prepare for crisis situations. If an imminent threat to life and safety, such as an active shooter incident occurred at or near UCSF, the UCSF Police Department would activate the WarnMe system to alert members of our community on their individual office and cell phone numbers. If you have not already registered with the WarnMe system, I encourage you to take a few minutes to do so.
I remind you that professional counseling and confidential services are available to members of our UCSF community who may feel distressed:
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
- Office of Diversity and Outreach
- Office of the Ombuds
- Spiritual Care Services
- Student Health and Counseling Services
UCSF stands in solidarity with all those throughout our country who are dedicated to achieving a society free of violence and hatred. Please join me in committing to do our best to ensure that UCSF, and the communities in which we live, are safe, supportive, and welcoming to everyone.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor