Icy Weather Ahead - Red Cross Issues Safety Tips
A winter storm is expected to bring dangerous icy conditions to a large part of the country through the weekend and the American Red Cross is monitoring the weather and getting prepared to respond if necessary.
The ice storm could affect people from the southern plains and Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with dangerous travel conditions and power outages. While getting ready to help if needed, the Red Cross also urges people to follow these steps to help remain safe during severe weather.
The best way to remain safe is to stay off the road during severe weather, if possible. If you have to drive on icy roads, follow these tips about how to drive safely during a winter storm:
More important information on severe weather safety is available on this web site.
People should download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to advice on what to do in emergencies and disasters like winter storms and power outages. You’ll find tips on how to plan ahead in case heavy rain or a snow storm threatens. The app also contains weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices.
As severe winter weather ravages several parts of the country, snow and icy conditions continue to impact the nation’s blood supply. Since the beginning of December, winter storms have forced the cancellation of approximately 215 Red Cross blood drives in two dozen states, resulting in more than 7,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations.
The Red Cross strongly urges eligible donors in weather affected areas to give blood or platelets once the storm has passed and travel is deemed safe. Donors in areas unaffected by the weather may be helping patients close to home or patients in areas where donors are unable to give because of inclement weather. The Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.
Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.