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  • 06/14/2021 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Red Cross reports red cell demand from hospitals with trauma centers climbs by 10% in 2021 – more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide blood transfusions

    June 14 is World Blood Donor Day – an important reminder about the critical need for blood as the country turns the corner on the devastating COVID-19 pandemic
     

    "The Red Cross is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Our teams are working around the clock to meet the extraordinary blood needs of hospitals and patients – distributing about 75,000 more blood products than expected over the past three months to meet demand – but we can’t do it without donors. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.”

    Right now, hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen red cell demand from hospitals with trauma centers climb by 10% in 2021 – more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide transfusions. Twenty to 40% of trauma deaths that occur after hospital admission involve massive hemorrhaging. In these dire circumstances, doctors may need hundreds of blood products, depending on the severity of the trauma, to help save a life.

    In addition, there is great hospital demand for blood as patients who previously deferred care during the COVID-19 pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, therefore requiring increased blood transfusions.

    With less than half a day supply available of type O blood in recent weeks, there is an emergency need for type O donors. Type O is the most needed blood group by hospitals. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

    “Some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial patient care. As we return to pre-pandemic activities and resume travel to visit loved ones, we want people to remember the needs of patients this summer and the power so many of us have to help save lives,” Hrouda added.

    Patients need the help of the American people – please schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All blood types are needed.

    Read more at redcross.org/about us


  • 06/09/2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Summer heat can be dangerous for pets.  Red Cross has some tips to keep your pets safe this summer.  

    1. Don't leave you pets in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes to run into the storr, post office or bank.  Even with the windows cracked open, the interior temperature can quickly reach 120 degrees.
    2. Animals can also suffer heat stroke.  Dogs with short noses or snouts, like a boxer or bulldog, overweight dogs, dogs with heavy coats, older odgs, and dogs with respiratry issues are particularily prone to heat stroke.
    3. Signs of heat stroke in your pet include:
      -Heavy panting and unable to calm down, even when lying down
      -Brick-red gum color
      -Fast pulse rate
      -Unable to get up
    4. If you suspect heat stoke, take your pets temperature rectally.
      -If temp is above 105 degrees, cool your pet down. You can hose them down with the garden hose or get them into cool water in the tub or shower until their temp is down to 103 degrees.
      -Bring your pet to the vet asap because heat stroke can cause organ dysfuntion and failure.

    For more Summer Safety Pet Tips check out this article at redcross.org

  • 06/01/2021 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    This year's hurricane season is predicted to be very active.  A brand new  disaster relief distribution center in Atlanta represents a partnership with Amazon, Red Cross, and five global humanitarian aid organizations.  The new distribution center will provide a faster response to communities hit by hurricanes and other natural disasters. 

    "This most recent effort in the disaster relief hub is an opportunity for us (the Red Cross) to leverage their (Amazon's) expertise in logistics and be able to work with them to get resources just in time to places that are hard to get stuff to," Trevor Riggen, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services said. "Places that are difficult to move resources without a plane, and Amazon has that capability to move things quickly."

    Read the more at CNN


  • 05/30/2021 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Throughout the 140-year history of the American Red Cross, the entertainment industry has been a great supporter of our lifesaving mission. Today, the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet works to raise awareness of Red Cross services, volunteer opportunities and fundraising needs in times of crisis — a proud tradition that traces its roots back to the early years of our organization.

    Artist Norman Rockwell created the Mobilize for Defense Support the 1951 Red Cross Fund to support the mobilization of Red Cross resources to provide assistance during the Korean War.  Red Cross provided field representatives, volunteers, blood and emergency communications to support armed forces personnel and their families.

    Other Celebrities include:

    • Trace Adkins
    • Jim Cantore
    • Diana Princess of Wales
    • Walt Disney
    • Josh Duhamel
    • Amy Grant
    • Patty LaBelle
    • Eli Manning
    • Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Darius Rucker
    • Jane Seymour

    Read more here

    Watch Red Cross 140-years of service videos here

  • 05/07/2021 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is May 8, a time to recognize the work of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers and staff around the world who are responding to the growing needs of communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The incredible spirit of more that  volunteers all over the world during this crisis is not only a cause for admiration but also a source of inspiration for others to get involved too.

    World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an opportunity to recognize the more than 13 million volunteers for their dedication to the humanitarian cause and Fundamental Principles and to thank them for their kindness, bravery and selflessness.

    Although physically distant from one another, workers and volunteers are truly united in this crisis. During these challenging times, the global network of the Red Cross and Red Crescent demonstrates that it is united in its dedication to help people in distress. This year has been an unprecedented time and one that is pushing humanitarians to adapt to new ways of volunteering and working together for communities-in-need. And in these times of physical distancing, teams have learned to comfort and show solidarity from afar.

    Today’s world is in a state of constant upheaval and permanent crisis, but whatever the problem – a pandemic, natural hazard, the climate crisis, conflict or migration – Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are visible ambassadors for peace and solidarity. They are active players in shaping the future of communities and countries around the world. In these trying times, their commitment and dedication to alleviating human suffering remains strong and powerful.

    Drawing on more than 150 years of humanitarian action, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is committed to providing relevant and timely humanitarian service to vulnerable communities now and into the future. 

    Read more about World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

    Read about World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on Wikipedia

  • 05/07/2021 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    On this day, also World Red Cross Day, across more than 50 cities nationwide, Red Cross volunteers will meet with families by appointment outside their homes or virtually by phone, to review a home fire safety checklist, create an escape plan to practice their two-minute drill and offer a smoke alarm installation when it is safe to do so.   

    Since the April 8 launch of Sound the Alarm, Red Cross retirees, volunteers, staff and partners have been working tirelessly and safely during COVID-19 to deliver the mission safely to at-risk households.

    This annual Sound the Alarm initiative is a key part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has saved at least 864 lives since launching in 2014. This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners, Delta Air Lines and Lowe’s, and those of local donors.

    Take the opportunity to pledge to prepare to keep your families, friends and community safe. If you are in a region that had limited volunteer opportunities, there are still ways for you to participate in this year’s activities.

    Read more about Sound the Alarm on redcross.org

  • 05/02/2021 9:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Department of Homeland Security announced that Americans now have two more years to obtain a Real ID driver’s license or identification card.  Every U.S. air traveler 18 and older will be required to present a Real ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification, such as a U.S. passport or military ID, to board a domestic flight starting May 2, 2023.

    Postponing the enforcement of the last phase of the Real ID Act will give motor vehicle departments across the nation more time to process the new credentials after many were closed or reduced services because of COVID-19. Implementation was scheduled to take effect in October.

    Less than half of Americans with a license and state identification card have a Real ID-compliant document, generally identifiable by a star in the upper-right corner.

    Read the announcement from DHS  here.

  • 04/15/2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    With parents on the frontline of this pandemic, the Red Cross continues to provide virtual support for the entire U.S. military family.

    Over the last year, families all over the world have been tested – emotionally and physically – by COVID-19. Frontline workers like our U.S. service members have not stopped throughout this pandemic and this service takes a toll on them as well as their kids. That’s why during this April’s Month of the Military Child, celebrating and supporting military children is more important than ever. 

    Read the full story here on Red Cross.org


  • 04/15/2021 10:09 AM | Anonymous


    Published Apr 15, 2021 by Imperial Valley News

    Driving down the highway, Linda Waterman saw a hound dog meandering down the side of the road. She stopped and managed to coax the large, injured dog into her car. After a visit to the vet, "Jasper the Hound Dog" joined her family and started his journey to be part of the American Red Cross animal visitation program at the Army hospital in Linda's community.

    Read more at the Imperial Valley News


  • 03/23/2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    The IRS has extended the filing deadline for individual Federal 2020 tax returns and the payment date for any 2020 taxes owed from April 15 to May 17, 2021.

    This extension applies only to individual taxpayers (filing separately or jointly) and does not require a request for an extension.

    The postponement does not apply to estimated tax payments first due on April 15, 2021 for the 2021 tax year. Some tax experts feel that the failure to delay the first quarterly payment largely nullifies the benefit of the extension for those who pay estimated taxes. In most cases, the tax return for 2020 generally has to be completed before estimated payments for 2021 can be calculated. However, if an individual needs to delay paying a large amount of taxes to the IRS for 2020, they could still complete, but not file, the return prior to April 15 in order to see the estimated taxes for 2021.

    Though many states are mimicking the federal change, the IRS extension does not apply automatically to the deadline for filing state taxes. Make sure that you know your state’s deadlines.

    This date change was just announced by the IRS and they plan to issue formal guidance in the near future. Consult with your tax advisor and/or do your own research on which options are best for your federal and state 2020 tax filings.


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