The American Red Cross is lending a hand as people all over the eastern half of the country dig out after the snow and ice that fell over the past several days.
More than 1,100 people spent Thursday night in Red Cross and community shelters in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, which were hit by severe ice on Wednesday. The storm moved into New England on Friday and the Red Cross has workers and equipment standing by if needed.
Red Cross chapters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are working with state and local officials to monitor the situation and respond as needed. Supplies and equipment are in position to be deployed if necessary.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The latest winter storm has caused the cancellation of more than 300 Red Cross blood drives in the South and along the East Coast, resulting in about 11,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. More are expected as the storm moves north. Back-to-back winter storms had already canceled more than 1,000 blood drives in 34 states and Washington, D.C. this year before this latest storm.
All blood types are needed now and will be needed in the coming weeks to help ensure blood is available for patients. If someone lives in a region unaffected by the storm and is eligible to give blood, the Red Cross asks that they please consider making an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
Appointments to give blood can be made online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY Thousands of people are still without power on Friday, especially in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. If someone needs to find a shelter, they should follow their local media outlets or contact their local Red Cross chapter. If the power is out, follow these safety tips:
More information about how to stay safe during this storm is available on the Red Cross web site.
HOW YOU CAN HELP You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms or countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.