Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - As individuals in the Southeast begin to prepare for the possible impact of Hurricane Irene, the American Red Cross is urging immediate blood donations prior to the storm's arrival.
"It's the blood that is already on the shelves that helps save lives before, during and after a disaster," stated Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.
"We are still working to stabilize the blood supply after our summer shortages. If people will donate blood immediately, before the storm, then blood will be available in the aftermath should conditions prohibit people from traveling or coming to blood drives."
Park Road Donor Center
2425 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (*Labor Day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (*Closed Saturday, Aug. 27)
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (*Closed Sunday, Sept. 4)
Huntersville Donor Center
Calhoun Building Huntersville Business Park 9800 Kincey Ave. Huntersville, NC 28078
Monday: 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (*Labor Day 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (*Closed Saturday, Aug. 27)
Student Activities Center
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bank of America Founders Hall
100 North Tryon Street
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Across the country, blood centers are struggling to keep pace with demand. Nationwide, around 39,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders.
These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. When disaster strikes, this need does not diminish, even though blood donors may find it difficult or impossible to get to a convenient donation opportunity.
Also, if collections are negatively impacted by a disaster, the long-term care needs of these patients could be affected.
"Don't wait until after the storm to donate," urged Brendel. "The time to help is now."
Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
To schedule an appointment or locate a nearby blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.