For people in the path of the storm, the Red Cross has offered preparedness tips for safely weathering the storm. “In the same spirit, the Red Cross strives to be ready with the resources it needs to responds disasters that occur every day” said Rick Schou, Regional Emergency Services Director for the Carolina Piedmont Region.
In an average year the Red Cross responds to about 200 disasters every day and spends about $450 million on disaster relief throughout the United States. The Red Cross also provides nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
“Since January 1, winter storms across much of the United States have demonstrated the necessity of Red Cross preparedness,” Schou said. “The Red Cross helps people affected by severe weather and home fires by providing a safe place to stay, a warm meal, and a shoulder to lean on. While our region is outside the path of the current storm, financial donations will make it possible for the Red Cross to respond to future needs.”
This latest winter blast has further impacted the Red Cross blood supply, which has seen more than 19,000 expected blood donations go uncollected since January 1. People are asked to make an appointment to give blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org. Those who live in the path of the storm are asked to schedule a donation time when it is safe to travel.
All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood.
Red Cross chapters in areas seeing winter weather are opening shelters, calling disaster workers and coordinating with state and local government officials to provide relief to people in need.
For more information preparedness, visit www.redcross.org.
2011 Union County, NC