National Preparedness Month: Learn how to Save Lives by Giving Blood

August 27, 2011

With September marking the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, it is fitting that it is National Preparedness Month for the American Red Cross.  Disasters can happen any time, any day, anywhere. This year alone has witnessed the results of massive earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes globally, and killer tornados, flooding and record setting heat in this country. And hurricane season is just beginning with the impact of Irene still being felt across much of the eastern seaboard.

Whatever the disaster - man-made or an act of nature such as Hurricane Irene – the Red Cross looks to the public for help. It may be one-on-one help at a disaster site.  Or donating a pint of blood at a Red Cross donation center or blood drive. That alone may help save the lives of three individuals.

National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies starting first in their homes, businesses and communities. Visit and learn more about preparing for a disaster before it strikes. Take a Red Cross lifesaving class or donate your time, blood or money to help someone in need.  Locally, you may give blood at many area blood drives.  Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit to locate a drive today.

If you are a regular blood donor, thank you for your community service. If you haven’t donated in awhile please come back today. If you are considering donating for the first time, it is easy and takes about an hour.  Your gift is so important and may help someone share another day with family and friends. 

From September 17th thru the 30th, all presenting donors will be entered into a daily drawing for one of five(5)  $100 Visa cards.  You’ve spent your money on summer vacations and back to school shopping, now it’s time for you. Help us extend the summer of savings by donating blood and you could help save up to three lives. Saving lives and saving $100 on your purchases. Those are significant savings everyone can appreciate. 


How to Donate Blood:  Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.

About the American Red Cross:  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at