September marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, so it is fitting that September is National Preparedness Month for the American Red Cross.
As our nation marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we should remember the victims, honor the brave responders and rekindle the spirit of service to help those in need.
No one was prepared for the disruptions the attacks caused across our nation for days and weeks. We must do more to prepare our families and make our communities ready for manmade and natural disasters of all kinds and all sizes.
Disasters can happen any time, any day, anywhere. This year alone, we saw the results of massive earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes globally. Plus, killer tornados, flooding and record setting heat in the United States. Another thing to keep in mind is hurricane season is just beginning.
Whatever the disaster, the Red Cross looks to the public for help. It may be one-on-one help at a disaster site or donating a pint of blood at a Red Cross blood drive. Blood donation alone can help save the lives of up to three people.
Locally, you may give blood on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Lions Club Building located at 540 W. Adams St. in Woodbury.
National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.