Thursday, April 4, 2013
Platelet donation, where platelets are separated from blood, can save a life.
Limerick Township will host a Red Cross platelet donation drive at the township building on April 18 from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Platelets are a component of blood, along with red blood cells and plasma. The donation process is very simple, much like donating blood, and can be incredibly useful for patients facing chemotherapy or organ transplants. Platelets can help boost an ill patient's immune system. The Red Cross website says platelet donations are also important because the quantity of platelets in one donation is obtained through as many as 18 whole blood donations. Any blood type can donate platelets, but the need is greatest for A positive, B positive and AB blood types. The need for platelets from other blood types depends on …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Main Drive home was destroyed in an early-morning blaze.
A Limerick home on West Ridge Pike was lost to an electrical fire on Friday, December 6, at around 4:30 in the morning. Police and fire crews responded to the mobile home park on West Ridge Pike at 3:30am after the residents called 911 for help. Residents James and Melanie Thees told police and fire officials that they were awakened by smoke alarms. When they checked the home, they found smoke coming from behind a living room wall. Although the fire department arrived shortly after being dispatched, the fire had already flared up and been knocked down twice by Officers John Cassel and Shawn Pancoast. Cassel and Pancoast tried to extinguish the fire with his patrol car's extinguisher, but the fire was too extensive. Limerick Fire …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Three Red Cross shelters will open for MontCo residents at 7pm Sunday.
The Red Cross is preparing three emergency shelters for Montgomery County residents that may need to evacuate due to Hurricane Sandy. They are located at: Pottstown High School, 750 North Washington St., Pottstown 19464 Cheltenham High School, 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote 19095 Norristown High School, 1900 Eagle Dr., Norristown 19403 According to the Red Cross website, you should bring the following items to a shelter: The shelters are pet-friendly. Montgomery County Animal Response Team (MCART) is assisting the Red Cross with pet areas in all three shelters.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Don't wait for thunder to bring in outdoor items
In the wake of the severe thunderstorm watch issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania offered some sound advice on its Twitter feed. Some of it you've been hearing since you were in elementary school: for example, if you are stuck outside, avoid high ground, water, tall trees, and metal objects. Other tips, however, might not occur to everyone. "Bring items in from outside NOW that could blow away during a storm," the agency said. Waiting until you see the sky darken and hear thunder rumbling can place you at risk for being struck by lightning. The agency also asked people to evacuate mobile homes that can blow over in high winds and to stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Red Cross once again provides us with some valuable information about September: National Preparedness Month.
September is National Preparedness Month and the Red Cross wants the Philadelphia area to take in some tips and fit in some events this month. After an earthquake, flooding and a hurricane, we still stand strong, but we can never let our guard down. Here are five things to know from the Red Cross about this month: 1. Three Principles: The three principles of being “Red Cross Ready” are: Get a kit, Make a plan, Be informed. People should build an emergency preparedness kit, make a plan as to what your family will do in an emergency, and be informed about what resources are available in your community and what types of disasters could occur there. “Being prepared today can save lives tomorrow,” said Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter CEO …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A list of shelters in the area in case you are stuck.
With Hurricane Irene's arrival soon approaching, the Red Cross gave notification of area shelters open to the public. If you are on the road and cannot get home, please find the nearest shelter and remember to get the Patch App on your phone so you can stay up to date on local information. PHILADELPHIA (opening at 6PM): *will accept pets in cooperation with PCART DELAWARE COUNTY (Opening at 6pm): CHESTER COUNTY (opening at 7pm): MONTGOMERY COUNTY (opening at 8pm): *will accept pets in cooperation with MCART