Can You Give an Hour this Summer to Help a Patient in Need?

Patients need you this summer. Blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands of lives to help save.

During the summer, the American Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.

If you’ve never donated blood before, now’s the time to start. Check out these helpful tips for first-time donors. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes – that’s less time than it takes to go out to dinner! If you haven’t given in a while, please give again to help sustain a sufficient community blood supply.

Whether you’re a new donor or lifelong donor, here are some tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

  1. As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.
  2. Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.
  3. Have a healthy meal before the donation.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  5. Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.
  6. Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

Commit to give this month – make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Join us at the NBC 4 & Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo

NBC Health and Fitness Expo 2017

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Expo on Saturday.

Learn all about the Expo on NBC 4 New York’s page

 

Raising Spirits at Buena Vista Country Club – Join Us!

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Winter Storm Safety Tips

Parts of our region could experience some wicked winter weather. We have tips to help you weather the storm.

Bundle Up

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If you have to venture outside, dress in several lightweight layers of clothing and a hat that covers the ears. Sporting mittens will provide more warmth to the hands than gloves and waterproof, insulated boots will help keep your feet warm and dry and maintain your footing in ice and snow.

Winterize Your Preparedness Kit

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Check the supplies in your preparedness kit and replace any missing or expired items. Include extra blankets and extra warm clothing for each family member.

Heat Your Home Safely

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Avoid using a stove or oven to heat your home. If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard, nonflammable surface and turn the space heater off when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep children and pets away from space heaters and do not use it to dry wet clothing.

Prep Your Ride

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Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery‑operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need. Fill the gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel lines from freezing. Clean the lights and windows to help you see and check out our 10 Driving Tips to Keep you Safe this Winter.

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When the weather is very cold outside, prevent frozen pipes by opening cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Let cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.

Protect Your Pets

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Don’t forget about family pets. Bring the furry members of your family indoors. If that’s not possible, provide adequate shelter to keep them warms and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Be Ready for Power Outages

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Charge cell phones and keep flashlights handy in the event of a power outage. If you use a generator, do so correctly. Never operate a generator inside your home, including the basement or garage. Do not hook up a generator directly to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment needed directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more winter weather safety tips, visit redcross.org.

Turn and Test: Red Cross Says Test Your Smoke Alarms When You Turn the Clocks Ahead This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2:00 a.m. so turn the clocks ahead one hour. The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.

It’s also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

  • Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, they should install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
  • Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.

People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire and other emergencies.

How to Help Those Affected by Fire in Ocean Grove

Thank you to all who have reached out regarding how to help those affected by the recent fire in Ocean Grove. Many have asked how they can donate goods to support the families impacted. The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small quantities of individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation.

At this time, we are not aware of any organization collecting items for families impacted by the Ocean Grove fire.

We appreciate the good intentions of people who want to donate items, but financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Financial donations allow us to be flexible in the help we deliver and ensure that we can provide what disaster victims need most. If you are interested in making a financial donation to the Red Cross disaster relief please visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

Rockin’ 4 Red Cross Fundraiser

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