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I woke up early this morning and saw a post from a friend on Facebook who had been celebrating an anniversary in Las Vegas over the weekend. Her post said that they are okay but that it has been a long and very scary night. I knew from previous posts they were in Las Vegas and my stomach dropped. I didn’t know the details, but before I headed to an online news site to learn the details, I knew something bad had probably happened in Las Vegas.
As I’m sure you know, “something bad” is an understatement. Last night Las Vegas experienced the worst mass shooting in our country’s history. The reports are that they are over 400 people shot, of which over 50 people won’t ever go home from the concert they were attending on a Sunday night. Tragic beyond words doesn’t begin to describe the situation for the concert goers, first responders, the people trapped in their hotel rooms, all of their families, friends, hotel staff, and the list could go on.
This location of the concert and Mandalay Bay is right near the airport, and it was reported is that some people pushed down a perimeter fence onto the airport grounds to escape to a hangar. Not surprisingly, flights to McCarran were temporarily halted with multiple diversions to Phoenix, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, and a few others overnight.
However, today the airport has resumed full operations, as they tweeted below.
With heavy hearts @LASairport is pressing on this morning with full operations. It’s critical we help air travelers get to/from their homes.
— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) October 2, 2017
In terms of those who are staying in Las Vegas now, or who have immediate travel plans to the area, I did just see that guests may now leave or return to their rooms at Mandalay Bay and other MGM hotels. Now whether or not it is a great idea to head there today if you don’t have to, well that is obviously not my call to make.
Security personnel have lifted all restrictions on access to Mandalay Bay and other MGM Resorts. Guests may return to their rooms.
— Mandalay Bay Resort (@MandalayBay) October 2, 2017
Airlines, such as United, have started to issue travel waivers to the area, so check with your specific air carrier if you need to change your arrival or departure plans related to Las Vegas in the immediate future.
On a personal note, Josh and I got married on a suite on a high floor at Mandalay Bay a little over nine years ago, we have traveled with our children there multiple times, and I can hardly imagine what it would be like for so many others to be there celebrating something as we were only to all of the sudden to unexpectedly be fighting for your life. Las Vegas is a city people go to escape regular life for a few days and have a good time. It isn’t where you expect to be running for your life, or worse.
I’m so very sorry for everyone involved, for all of us, for this current reality. If you can, do something good today. It can’t erase any of the pain, but it is the only way forward. While running errands this morning I saw a sign for a local blood drive here tomorrow, so that’s where I hope to be. It won’t necessarily help, but it can’t hurt.
If you live in the Las Vegas area, of course, your blood donations may more directly help those impacted by this tragedy as shared by the City of Las Vegas below.
— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) October 2, 2017
M Life has also put out a call for those who are certified trauma counselors as they are making those folks available for their guests.
We are in need of certified trauma counselors. pic.twitter.com/Mj5LKhyi4F
— M life Rewards (@MlifeRewards) October 2, 2017
Hugs to everyone today.