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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Jackson County Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Tuckerman High School, 300 N. Dowell in Tuckerman, Ark. Sept. 12 from 12-6 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2500 Malcolm Highway 67 North in Newport, Ark.