How to help Las Vegas in wake of deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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A shooter opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, killing dozens and injuring hundreds in what is now the worst shooting in modern U.S. history.

Here's what you should know to help.

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In this photo provided by the Mesquite, Nev., Police Department, police personnel stand outside the home of Stephen Paddock on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Mesquite.
Mesquite Police via AP

Share information from official sources

Government officials would like to get out the word about how to help victims and others affected by the tragedy. Share the information to help it reach the right people.

How to find information about loved ones:

Where people in Las Vegas can donate blood:

To help with the investigation:

Give cash, not supplies

Most charities prefer monetary donations, especially if you plan to donate internationally. These are more flexible and cause less of a strain on the charity, allowing them to help more, USAID explained.

"Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods," the organization explained on its website.

Learn more with USAID's "greatest good donation calculator."

Check the charity

Before you donate to a charity, make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating.

Make sure your donation is secure by going through an organization's official website or sending a check in the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are easier for scammers to target.

Las Vegas fundraisers

Here are campaigns started to help the victims. Please check back in as more are added.

Las Vegas Victims' Fund: This fundraiser was created by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair and candidate for governor of Nevada. It has already raised over $3 million for the victims and their families.

National Compassion Fund: This fund will send 100% of proceeds directly to the victims, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. The NCVC started a similar fund after the Pulse nightclub shooting.