Red Cross Urges Blood Donations Prior to Tropical Storm Isaac

August 26, 2012

As communities throughout the Southeast brace for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac, the American Red Cross urges everyone to be prepared for this and other emergencies. One way to help your community be prepared is by donating blood prior to the storm’s arrival.

“When disaster strikes, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, Southern Blood Services Region.  “People in communities affected by disaster may not be able to donate blood as originally planned.  By giving blood now, your donation will help offset the loss of regularly scheduled blood donations and help the Red Cross ensure that blood is available for patients in the aftermath of the storm.”

Tropical Storm Isaac approaches as the Red Cross is already facing a critical need for blood donors, and although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, the Red Cross needs additional blood donors to ensure an adequate supply through the end of the summer. 

Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. This need does not diminish when disaster strikes.

“Don’t wait until after the storm to donate,” said Edwards. “The time to help is now.”

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here to make an appointment to donate blood.