Help The Red Cross Prepare For Emergencies By Donating Blood

Red Cross can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cross River
9/24/2014: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
John Jay High School, 60 North Salem Road

9/22/2014: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
AMERICAN RED CROSS, 40 Saw Mill River Road, Upper Level 3

9/26/2014: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mamaroneck EMS, 220 North Barry Extn

9/30/2014: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System Building 15, Route 9A

North Salem
9/19/2014: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
North Salem Firehouse, 300 Titicus Road

White Plains
9/19/2014: 11:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway

Yorktown Heights
9/23/2014: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Margeliz Center, 2051 Baldwin Rd

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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