Tuesday, May 21, 2013
American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan shares ways local residents can support those affected by the disaster.
Dozens of people – including children – were killed when a massive tornado Monday afternoon ripped through the town of Moore, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, according to the Associated Press. As search-and-rescue crews continue to dig through the rubble, many people are wondering what they can do to help those affected by the disaster. John Mozena, spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan, said the organization should know more later today about exactly how much help is needed. "We're still in the assessment phase of what's going on in Oklahoma with our disaster assessment professionals," he said. "You see the photos of the devastation and it's just horrific, and the people in the town have lost everything." …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for Southeastern Michigan.
Here comes the rain again. This week's forecast for the Southeast Michigan area shows, rain, rain and more rain. April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring flooding to the area, and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan wants you to be prepared. According to a press release from the Red Cross, floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause flood include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturate the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area. You will likely hear weather forecasters use these terms when floods are predicted in your community: 7 Tips for Responding Appropriately During a Flood 7 Tips to Stay …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
"This community is exceptionally generous," senior Red Cross leader notes at the West Bloomfield Township Board meeting.
While March is sometimes associated with green — whether it's spring grass or the shamrocks of St. Patrick's Day — West Bloomfield is seeing red this month. That's because March is American Red Cross Month in West Bloomfield, according to a proclamation passed at Monday's meeting of the West Bloomfield Township Board. "This community is exceptionally generous," said Deb Macon, chair of the southeast Michigan blood service region for the American Red Cross, during the Monday night meeting. According to the proclamation read into record by Township Clerk Catherine Shaughnessy, American Red Cross donations support victims of disaster, whether it's a local fire or a super storm, like Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross currently supplies America's …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
20 percent of checks at Honey Tree Group's four area restaurants Dec. 12 will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Now moving into the holiday season, the needs of Hurricane Sandy victims are top of mind for George Lucaj. The Honey Tree Restaurant Group of four local restaurants, which Lucaj manages, are giving back this holiday season with a fundraiser Dec. 12. "Some families have been displaced from their homes; some have lost everything or are living in terrible conditions," said Lucaj, 72, of West Bloomfield. "People in Metro Detroit have a big heart and I know they will be happy to know that while they are eating at my restaurants on Dec. 12 they will also be helping the hurricane victims to a better holiday season." Twenty percent of all bills on Dec. 12 will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief, Lucaj said. In addition, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The New York Red Cross offers ways you can help friends and family devastated by the storm.
The New York Red Cross provided the following information with suggestions for helping those affected by the impact of Sandy.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Here's a safety primer for the many West Bloomfield-area households without electricity trying to bear the heatwave.
With thousands of West Bloomfield residents turning to electricity generators amid this prolonged power outage and searing heat, Patch thought it would be wise to share the following tips furnished by the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross recommends using a generator that is rated for the amount of power anticipated to meet a household's needs. The primary hazards to avoid with a generator are carbon monoxide poisoning, electricution and fire, the Red Cross states. Every year, injuries and death from those dangers can be avoided by following the directions supplied by the generator's manufacturer, and to make sure the unit is ventilated outdoors. Portable generators should never be used indoors, as windows and open doorways will…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Several upcoming blood drives will be hosted in Farmington and West Bloomfield, according to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is asking Americans to roll up their sleeve and give blood this summer. According to the Red Cross, their blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. Due partially to the early summer and a lack of scheduled blood drives, this shortfall leaves the nonprofit with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer. “Every day, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Of that, the Southeastern Michigan …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Area blood supplies are low due to cold and flu season, and the Red Cross is asking for help.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A recent outbreak of colds and influenza in southeast Michigan has caused many individuals who had intended to donate blood to tell the Red Cross they can't give right now due to illness. Unfortunately, that means the blood supply in local hospitals and medical facilities in southeast Michigan is dwindling quickly, causing the Red Cross to issue an urgent plea for healthy blood donors to step forward and give. "The Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region must collect 900 units of blood each and every day to support the needs of our local hospitals," said Martha Kurtz, communications associate for the Red Cross. "Our blood donors are so supportive, we felt if they knew about our current situation, they’d understand how much we need and …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Blood is needed all through the year and there are dozens of blood drives throughout the holiday season.
This is part of a 30-day series of ways Patch community members can give back this holiday season. We hope you'll take part in this 30 Days of Giving and take the spirit beyond the holidays, because there truly is need all year long. The American Red Cross collects blood year round and that doesn't stop during the holidays. The organization distributes donated blood to about 3,000 hospitals nationally, saving many lives along the way. In the midst of buying toys for local charities, and donating change through the season, stop by a local blood drive and give a a donation of a blood — a priceless gift that won't impact your holiday budget. Coming up, local blood drives include: Birmingham Berkley Bloomfield Rochester Royal Oak Troy West …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
More than 160 volunteers donate life-saving blood in friendly rivalry between Andover and Lahser high school students.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Andover High School students reclaimed a title over rival Lahser this week that won't show up in athletic record books, but could make the difference between life and death for others. A motivated group of Barons helped collect 87 viable pints of blood during the 4th Annual Blood Challenge at the school's fieldhouse Tuesday. That topped the 75 pints collected at Lahser, which had "won" the challenge for two consecutive years. Each school set out to collect 102 units, and despite 37 deferred donation appointments between them, finished at 74 percent and 85 percent of their respective goals, said Crystal Isaac, regional representative for the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross. Organizers also recruited 23 first-time …