Give blood during National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for disasters of all types, including personal ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, eligible donors can ensure blood is ready and available when any disaster strikes.

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs. Eligible donors with the most in-demand and often short supply blood types — O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative — are especially encouraged to give. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

 It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood on the shelves when a disaster or emergency strikes that saves the day. Citizens are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood.