Some commodities are always in short supply, and blood is just one of them.
Having adequate stores on hand is a priority of the American Red Cross, and seeing that this is National Preparedness Month, the organization is asking people to donate blood that will be invaluable not just in times of disaster, but at any time.
“Supporting Red Cross blood donation is 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,” said John Hagins, CEO, American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.
All blood types are needed daily, and type O negative, as the universal blood type, is frequently in high demand.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.