University of Tulsa students donate blood during National Preparedness Month

September 15, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for emergencies of all types, including ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate supply is available.

To help with the community’s blood supply students, faculty and staff at the University of Tulsa are partnering with the Red Cross for a preparedness month blood drive. In addition to donating blood, TU students can pick up preparedness information and learn how to download Red Cross apps. All those coming to donate will also be entered to win a generic preparedness kit.

University of Tulsa blood drive

Mon., Sept. 16 and Tues., Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allen Chapman Activity Center (ACAC), 2821 E. 8th St, Tulsa, Okla.

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

 The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodSW.