Peru State College to Host Red Cross Blood Mobile Tuesday, Sept. 14 as Part of National Preparedness Month
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) Office of Residence Life will host an American Red Cross Blood Mobile in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are encouraged to participate.
September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross, whose mission is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, encourages Americans to become blood donors.
“It’s important to have a stable blood supply at all times to help ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of patients in the event of an emergency,” said Patricia Rubens CEO of Midwest Region Blood Services. “The blood donated the day a disaster strikes isn’t available until days later because it takes at least 72 hours for blood to go through strict safety tests and processes.”
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Consent forms are available from the Office of Residence Life at PSC.
Blood donors will be eligible to register for prize drawings, which will include gift cards to the Bobcat Den Coffee Shop, gift cards to the PSC Bookstore and a prize from the Campus Activities Board.
For additional information or to make an appointment, call the Office of Residence Life at 402-872-2246, the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.redcrossblood.org. For more information on other ways to help prepare for emergencies, visit www.redcross.org or www.ready.gov.
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.