Blood Donations/Ice Storm Safety Tips

Hello Red Cross Youth!

As many of you know, many southern parts of the US have been hit by ice/snow storms over the past couple of days and the storms  are slowly moving up the east coast. These storms have been negatively affecting the amount of blood donations the American Red Cross has been receiving. If you can, drive safely to a blood donation center and give blood. The American Red Cross greatly appreciates your help.

Also, the National Youth Council wants you to remain as safe as possible during these storms, so if your area is affected by an ice storm, follow these safety tips:

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.

When a Winter Storm WARNING is issued…

  • Try to stay indoors during the storm.
  • If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, sidewalks.
  • Give blood! Storms and severe weather can affect the number of blood drives and donors attending those drives. Please make time in the days after a storm to give blood to maintain an adequate supply.

For a full list of tips–click here

Have a wonderful (and safe) Tuesday night!

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