Add giving blood to your hurricane preparations

Eastern MA 10/26/12 Add giving blood to your hurricane preparations

Amanda Art brought her mother Gwen to an American Red Cross blood drive Saturday morning to help supplement the supplies on had before Hurricane Sandy hit.

The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm and asks that community members consider donating blood in affected areas before the storm hits or once the storm passes through and it’s safe to do so.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit New Jersey, but New England is not expecting to remain unscathed. Residents are urged to prepare for the storm by clearing gutters and storm drains to lessen water damage; clearing objects from the yard that could become projectiles, and putting together a plan for the storm.

Before the storm hits, please consider donating blood.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit us online at or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Please be aware the Red Cross anticipates unusually high call volume over the next several days from those directly affected by the hurricane and you may experience delays.

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.