Kansas blood centers in critical need of donations due to hurricane, summer slowdown

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/aug/31/219958/ There is a critical need for blood donations. Representatives for the [American Red Cross][1] and the [Community Blood Center][2], which supply Kansas hospitals, say summer typically is a slow time for donations, but that has been exacerbated by Hurricane Irene. Both have sent blood to the East Coast. “We’ve ...

Giving blood: It's a snap

Caroline Trowbridge

I've signed up for the Red Cross' regular blood drive. It's next Thursday, Sept. 8, at First Christian Church at 10th and Kentucky streets. Hope to see you there! Wellcommons reporter [Karrey Britt][1] is working on a story about how the blood supply right now is low, low, low, so ...

"It Takes the Whole Community:" Sign-Up Now to Volunteer During a Disaster

Rebecca  Lo

http://wellcommons.com/users/rebeccalo/photos/2011/apr/13/211974/ With severe weather season upon us, disasters can strike anywhere at any time. The devastation currently plaguing Japan reminds us of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. In a disaster, it takes more than just the emergency management team to mitigate the impact; the entire community’s involvement is ...

Red Cross Reminds People How to Stay Safe When Bad Weather Strikes

Kristy Wempe Bellinger

Red Cross Reminds People How to Stay Safe When Bad Weather Strikes Friday, September 17, 2010 — Summer is not officially over until next week and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to learn what they should do when bad weather affects their neighborhood. Yesterday severe thunderstorms ripped through Ohio, ...

Text First. Talk Second.

Kristy Wempe Bellinger

From Safe America, www.safeamericaprepared.org. Safe America created the Text First. Talk Second. to raise public awareness around the importance of utilizing text messaging for non-emergency communications during a disaster. When disasters strike, voice networks can become congested with people trying to call each other for non-vital communications. This can result ...

Red Cross assisting mom, four kids after morning house fire

George Diepenbrock

http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2010/aug/31/32382/ Katrice Woods returned to her east Lawrence home Tuesday morning to see smoke coming from the back of the house, 1300 Del. Alarmed, she tried to peer inside. “I could see all the flames in the kitchen,” Woods said. Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical crews arrived quickly and ...

Back to School 101: Be Prepared

Kristy Wempe Bellinger

A new school year is a fresh start for both kids and parents. And it's the perfect time to make sure the whole family is prepared for emergencies and other unexpected events. Has your family talked about what you would do in a disaster or emergency situation? Planning will give ...

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