The Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors in unaffected parts of the country to give blood or platelets. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially Type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
To donateCall 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.