Donate Blood During National Preparedness Month

September is National  Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for emergencies  of all types, including ones that require blood transfusions. By giving  blood through the American Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate  supply is available.

It can take up to three days  for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available  for patients, so the blood on the shelves is what saves the day when  an emergency strikes.

Currently, eligible donors  of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative,  are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who  gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.

Help the Red Cross be prepared by making an appointment to donate blood. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Clark County

Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical  Center, 3050 Twin Rivers Drive in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Faulkner County

Sept. 9 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 850 Oak St. in Conway,  Ark.

Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Human Development Center,  150 E. Siebenmorgan in Conway, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Conway Regional Auditorium,  2302 College Ave. in Conway, Ark.

Sept. 11 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conway Regional Auditorium,  2302 College Ave. in Conway, Ark.

Garland County

Sept. 10 from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Village United Methodist  Church, 200 Carmona Road in Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Grant County

Sept. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist  Church, 304 N. Main in Sheridan, Ark.

Jefferson County

Sept. 5 from 5-9 p.m. at Moody Elementary School, 700 Moody  Drive in White Hall, Ark.

Sept. 8 from 12-4 p.m. at Petsense 221, 5514 S. Olive St.  in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Sept. 15 from 12-4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200  Old Warren Road in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Lincoln County

Sept. 10 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 200  W. Wiley in Star City, Ark.

Pope County

Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,  1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross,  1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross,  1003 W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003  W. Main in Russellville, Ark.

Pulaski County

Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401  S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548  JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 5 from 4-8 p.m. at Advanced Health, 615 Beechwood  St. in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at Sport Clips, 12800 Chenel Parkway,  Suite 5, in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK  Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401  S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 9 from 1-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S.  Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 9 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Vincent Health System, 2 St.  Vincent Circle in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Vincent Health System,  2 St. Vincent Circle in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross,  4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 13 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK  Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross,  401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic  Church, 4000 Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401  S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Saline County

Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Benton High School,  211 N. Border St. in Benton, Ark.

Sept. 14 from 1-5 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 17309 Interstate 30  West in Benton, Ark.

White County

Sept. 3 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main  St. in Searcy, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at Sport Clips, 3514 E. Race St.  in Searcy, Ark.

Sept. 6 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main  St. in Searcy, Ark.

Sept. 10 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main  St. in Searcy, Ark.

Sept. 13 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S.  Main St. in Searcy, Ark.

How to  donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS  (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more  information. 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. Individuals who are  17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at  least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to  donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age  and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the  American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters,  feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies  about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives;  provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their  families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends  on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its  mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us  on Twitter at @RedCross.