Give Blood During National Preparedness Month

August 15, 2012


September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for disasters of all types, including personal ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, eligible donors can ensure blood is ready and available when any disaster strikes.


Currently, eligible donors of all blood types are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs. Eligible donors with the most in-demand and often short supply blood types — O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative — are especially encouraged to give. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.


It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood on the shelves when a disaster or emergency strikes that saves the day. Help the Red Cross ensure an adequate blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood.



How to donate blood

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. Every blood type is 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 have general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with a completed Parental Consent Form). Many donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers 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. More information is available at