September is National Preparedness Month, and this year the American Red Cross encourages all Americans to prepare for emergencies and asks all eligible individuals to donate blood.
National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. It's the mission of the Red Cross to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. One way you can support this missions is to become a regular blood donor.
"It's important to have a stable blood supply at all times to help ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of patients in every emergency," said Greg Novinska, CEO of American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Region. "It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested and processed, and made available for patients. It's the blood on the shelf when a disaster or emergency strikes that can save the day."
The next opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross is from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Escanaba Civic Center or from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 14, at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. The American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. To make an appointment call 1 (800) 448-3543 or visit www.redcrossblood.org for additional information, or call Jill at 280-5035.