Winter is making a comeback across the country from the Pacific Northwest to New England with snow and below normal temperatures expected in much of the United States over the weekend. The American Red Cross has steps people can take to remain safe during the latest onslaught of winter, and urges people in unaffected areas to give blood to help patients in need.
The largest storm stretches from the Midwest through New England, downing power lines, closing schools and snarling traffic on snow-covered roads. Temperatures are expected to fall below normal and stay that way through the weekend. Snow showers are expected as far south as the southern Appalachian region.
The Red Cross offers these steps people can take to stay safe and warm as winter blankets your neighborhood:
Winter Storm Safety Checklist
Please Give Blood.
The winter weather could keep people indoors, unable to get to Red Cross blood drives in areas where travel is hazardous. Despite the weather, the Red Cross needs to be able to respond to patient emergencies and urges those who can to give blood this weekend.
Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to help trauma victims, surgical patients, burn victims, patients with blood disorders and many others.
Potential blood donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and be in generally good health. People should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate. Eligible donors can give whole blood every 56 days.
To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood or platelets, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).