Winter Weather Slams Northeast - Red Cross Offers Safety Steps
Many areas in the Northeast were hit with heavy snowfall, and will experience potential blizzard conditions in the next few days. Winter storm warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service for all of southern New England, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and parts of Delaware and Maryland. Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City and Philadelphia are also included. The American Red Cross offers safety steps for those who may be affected.
EMERGENCY NEED FOR BLOOD AND PLATELET DONATIONS
Winter Storm Niko has forced the cancellation of about 65 Red Cross blood drives in the Northeast. Combined with severe weather cancellations since the beginning of the year, approximately 370 blood drives have now been lost, resulting in more than 14,300 uncollected blood and platelet donations altogether in 2017.
The Red Cross strongly urges eligible donors in areas unaffected by the winter storm to make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible. These donations 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. Donors in weather affected areas are encouraged to roll up a sleeve once the storm has passed and travel is deemed safe.
Right now, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in. 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).
With the winter storm comes cold temperatures, and often, a rise in the number of home fires. Follow these tips to help prevent a fire in your home:
The best way to remain safe is to stay off the road during severe weather, if possible. If you have to drive in snow or freezing rain, follow these tips about how to drive safely during a winter storm:
EMERGENCY APP People should download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to advice on what to do in emergencies and disasters like winter storms. You’ll find tips on how to plan ahead in case 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.
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.