September is National Preparedness Month

September 3, 2013

Blood donations an important part of being prepared

September is National Preparedness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages you to take action to plan and prepare for an emergency and to donate blood.

Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is your and your family's best defense.

Supporting Red Cross blood donation or giving blood is also critical to community preparedness since hospitals need blood to respond to patient need. The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.

We recommend three simple actions to prepare for weather-related disaster events and emergencies such as a house fire: get a kit, make a plan and be informed. Everyone needs to have a plan; waiting until disaster strikes is too late.

All blood types are needed daily, but type O negative, as the universal blood type, is frequently in high demand.

More information including smart phone apps, tools and a family disaster plan template can be found here on the Red Cross website. 

Click here to find an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center near you.