EASTERN, NC, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — As another arctic chill makes its way across the US, winter storm warnings have been issued throughout eastern NC and many coastal counties could see significant snow and ice beginning Tuesday and through Wednesday. The Red Cross urges people to be careful during the winter storm and is prepared to respond if necessary.
If you are in need of immediate assistance, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
HOW TO STAY SAFE
To stay safe during this winter storm, the Red Cross urges people to follow these steps:
SPACE HEATERS, FIREPLACES AND GENERATORS
Heating systems are running at full force and many people are resorting to other sources to keep their homes warm. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:
For more information on how to stay safe this winter, visit the redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to be connected to your local chapter.
PLEASE GIVE BLOOD
Blood drives throughout eastern NC have been cancelled due to the inclement weather.
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 450 Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 13,600 uncollected blood and platelet donations across the country.
All blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply and there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are especially encouraged to make an appointment to give in the coming days.
For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.