September Is National Preparedness Month, Upcoming Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities

OMAHA – American Red Cross Serving Nebraska urges everyone to get ready for emergencies now with September being National Preparedness Month.

According to release from the American Red Cross, people everywhere are feeling the impacts of climate change with more frequent and intense weather events threatening our communities.

Just last year, more than 40% of Americans — some 130 million people — were living in a county struck by a climate-related disaster, according to analysis from the Washington Post. Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime. You can be ready by visiting redcross.org/prepare.

Jill Orton, Region Executive of the Red Cross of Nebraska-Iowa said, “more powerful climate driven occurrences are happening across the U.S. than ever before. In fact, there have been more climate-related disasters in the nation over the past two decades than in any other country. It’s vital that everyone take steps to be prepared.”

Red Cross officials offer three simple steps that can help to keep your family safe during disasters.

  • Get a Kit. 2) Make a Plan. 3) Be Informed.

 

  1. Build your emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio. Also include a first aid kit, medications, supplies for infants or pets, a multi-purpose tool and personal hygiene items. And don’t forget to add copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.
  2. Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do if you have to evacuate. Make sure to coordinate your plan with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans.
  3. Stay informed by finding out what emergency situations may occur where you live, work and go to school, how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information, such as evacuation orders.

 

Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember, if you and your family need to evacuate, so does your pet. It’s important to plan in advance to know which pet-friendly hotels are in your area, and where your pets can stay in an emergency situation.

Take any special considerations into account as part of your emergency planning. Older adults or people with mobility, hearing, learning or seeing disabilities may need to create a support network of people that can help during an emergency. Create a plan that takes into account your capabilities, any help you may need and who can provide it, especially if you need to evacuate or if the power goes out for several days.

Red Cross volunteers also play critical roles in their local communities by making sure families don’t have to face tough times alone.

Orton added, “be ready to not only help your loved ones, but your neighbors too. Join us as a Disaster Action Team volunteer, learn lifesaving skills by signing up for first aid or CPR classes, or make an appointment to give blood or platelets.”

A strong blood supply is key to preparedness for disasters and medical emergencies, and donors can ensure blood is on the shelves the moment it’s needed. Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Early September dates in Wayne include at the Wayne State College Student Center (East 14th Street) on both Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 – 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Other upcoming area Red Cross blood donation opportunities include at the Battle Creek High School (605 West Martin) on Tuesday, September 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Norfolk Senior Center (307 Prospect Ave.) on Tuesday, September 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Elkhorn Valley Bank in Norfolk (404 South 25th Street) on Wednesday, September 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Madison City Auditorium (209 S. Lincoln) on Thursday, September 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities Sept. 1-30:

Antelope County

Clearwater

9/13/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Club, 145 Main Street

 

Orchard

9/26/2022: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. Peters Lutheran Church, 202 Cherry St.

 

Boone County

Albion

9/12/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Boone County Fairgrounds Casey Community Building, 100 W Fairview

 

Cedar Rapids

9/16/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s Parish Center, 111 N. 6th St.

 

Petersburg

9/23/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Petersburg American Legion Club, 105 North Second St.

 

Saint Edward

9/6/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 507 Beaver Street, PO Box 209

 

Burt County

Tekamah

9/6/2022: 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3480 Hwy 32

 

Butler County

David City

9/27/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Butler County Events Center, 62 L Street

 

Rising City

9/23/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Hall, 600 Main Street

 

Colfax County

Howells

9/30/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Howells Community Ballroom, 515 North St

 

Schuyler

9/6/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Augustine Parish, 604 Chicago

9/8/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., CHI Health, 104 West 17th Street

 

Dodge County

Fremont

9/9/2022: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., StoneBridge Christian Church, 1041 N Nye Ave

9/10/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fremont Mall, 860 East 23rd Street

9/14/2022: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Midland University Hopkins Arena, 900 N Clarkson

9/19/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christensen Field, 1710 W 16th Street

9/20/2022: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christensen Field, 1710 W 16th Street

9/21/2022: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fremont High School, 1750 N. Lincoln Street

9/25/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ace Hardware Fremont, 1660 East 23rd Street

 

Scribner

9/26/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mohr Auditorium, 650 County Rd 13

 

Knox County

Bloomfield

9/20/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomfield Community Center, 101 S. Broadway St.

 

Madison County

Battle Creek

9/6/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Battle Creek High School, 605 West Martin, PO BOX 100

 

Madison

9/8/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., City Auditorium, 209 S Lincoln

 

Norfolk

9/6/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norfolk Senior Center, 307 Prospect Ave

9/7/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Elkhorn Valley Bank, 404 South 25th St

9/13/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norfolk Senior Center, 307 Prospect Ave

9/19/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lutheran High Northeast, 2010 N. 37th St

9/20/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Midwest Bank, 2601 W. Cooper Dr

9/20/2022: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Norfolk YMCA, 301 West Benjamin

9/20/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norfolk Senior Center, 307 Prospect Ave

9/22/2022: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Daycos, 1500 Riverside Boulevard

9/27/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norfolk Senior Center, 307 Prospect Ave

9/28/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, 609 W Norfolk Ave

9/28/2022: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Premier Companies, 705 W. Benjamin Ave

 

Merrick County

Palmer

9/23/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Legion Hall, 905 Commercial St.

 

Silver Creek

9/2/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 106 Vine Street

 

Nance County

Genoa

9/2/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Rose of Lima Center, 116 N. Elm St.

 

Pierce County

Plainview

9/21/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Plainview High School, 301 W. Pilcher

 

Platte County

Columbus

9/1/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street, United Methodist Outreach Center

9/8/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street, United Methodist Outreach Center

9/9/2022: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbus Community Hospital, 4600 38 St

9/15/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street, United Methodist Outreach Center

9/15/2022: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1470 24th Ave

9/22/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., BD East Plant, 605 E. 23rd Street

9/22/2022: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Superior Industries, Inc Columbus, 3330 23rd St. E.

9/22/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street, United Methodist Outreach Center

9/25/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hy-Vee, 3010 23rd St

9/29/2022: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Pinnacle Bank, 210 E 23rd St.

9/29/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Outreach Center, 3602 16th Street, United Methodist Outreach Center

 

Humphrey

9/21/2022: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Francis High School, 300 So 7 Street, PO Box 116

 

Polk County

Polk

9/27/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Center, 145 N. Main Street

 

Stromsburg

9/12/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, 101 9th Street

 

Saunders County

Cedar Bluffs

9/27/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 300 S 2nd St

 

Wahoo

9/9/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saunders Medical Center, 1760 County Rd J

9/20/2022: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bishop Neumann High School, 202 S Linden

 

Stanton County

Stanton

9/21/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Lukes Luthreran Church, 1500 Veterans Av

 

Washington County

Blair

9/12/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 2005 Davis Dr

9/17/2022: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street

 

Fort Calhoun

9/18/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fort Calhoun Presbyterian Church, 123 N. 13 St

 

Wayne County

Wayne

9/6/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wayne State College Student Center, E 14th St

9/7/2022: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wayne State College Student Center, E 14th St

 

Winside

9/13/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Winside Schools, 203 Crawford Ave

 

  • As a thank-you, all who come to give September 1-18 will get a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Plus, those who race to give September 1-30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR experience, including two tickets to a 2023 race and will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, all thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts.*
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