Red Cross Asking For Your Help In Preparation For Sandy

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT

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Red Cross Asking For Your Help In Preparation For Sandy

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Hurricane Sandy may take aim at the eastern coast of the United States as early as this weekend. As communities brace for the storm's arrival, the American Red Cross urges people in the possible path of this storm to stay informed and get prepared now in case their community is affected. One way to help is by donating blood prior to the storm's arrival.

Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment. This need does not diminish when disaster strikes.

If you would like to donate blood there are opportunities all weekend long. On Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am - 2pm at the Buffalo Blood Donation Center at 786 Delaware Avenue. You can also make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is mobilizing disaster workers in the regions that weather experts say will be affected by the storm, and has more than 100 emergency response vehicles on alert. Supplies are ready to be moved and shelter locations are being identified across multiple states. The Red Cross is working closely with federal, state and local government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.