As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to daily patient emergencies across the country.
Hurricane Irma forced dozens of blood drives to cancel in the southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Volunteer donors are the only source for blood products needed by hospital patients.
Individuals in parts of the country unaffected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. All blood types are currently needed. Those who donate before Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips.
Appointments are encouraged to reduce wait times. For information, visit redcrossblood.org.