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American Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood shortage

 

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care for patients like freshman Payton Kannarr

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.

Under the instruction of Maj. Richard Westrick, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s deputy chief of military performance, physical therapist Donna Gatto inserts a dry needle, one without medication or injection, through the skin and into areas of the muscle. As an American Red Cross volunteer, Gatto works at Byrd Clinic. (David E. Gillespie)

Under the instruction of Maj. Richard Westrick, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s deputy chief of military performance, physical therapist Donna Gatto inserts a dry needle, one without medication or injection, through the skin and into areas of the muscle. As an American Red Cross volunteer, Gatto works at Byrd Clinic. (David E. Gillespie)

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American Red Cross in need of Blood and Platelet Donors

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) giving blood in support of the local Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) giving blood in support of the local Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Tennessee Agencies Provide Guidance as Devastating Wildfires Impact East Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are urging residents of East Tennessee areas affected by devastating wildfires to protect themselves and their families from smoke.

While inhaling smoke may adversely affect anyone, those at greatest risk include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, or those with heart disease.

Smoke from devastating wildfires in East Tennessee areas can be damaging to your health.

Smoke from devastating wildfires in East Tennessee areas can be damaging to your health.

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American Red Cross Says Turn and Test: Turn Back Clocks and Test Smoke Alarms

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 6th, 2016 and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to ‘turn’ their clocks back an hour and ‘test’ the batteries in their smoke alarms.

The Red Cross recommends that all Tennessee residents have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

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American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain a diverse supply

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) donating blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) donating blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Austin Peay State University nursing student wins THEC community service award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Navdeep Saini, who may well be the nicest student attending Austin Peay State University, doesn’t like to talk about himself that much. If pressed, he’ll admit that he speaks six languages and has a degree in biotechnology (that he earned in Russian), but talking about his accomplishments seems to embarrass him.

He looked particularly shy at APSU’s Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop earlier this month when someone asked Saini about another accolade.

Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Finds Life-Saving Success through Partnerships

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Partnerships are the cornerstone of Tennessee’s success in combating fire fatalities. The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO), a division of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI), encourages clubs, charitable and fraternal organizations, and other community-focused groups across the state to consider joining forces with our lifesaving team.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office is on a mission to reduce Tennessee fire injuries and fatalities, and we’re not alone,” said Gary West, TDCI Deputy Commissioner for Fire Prevention.  “Local fire departments and organizations like the Red Cross are outstanding partners that share the common goal of preventing fire loss, but there’s room for more advocates and even more progress.”

Smoke Alarm

Smoke Alarm

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American Red Cross Urges Residents to Prepare Now for Floods

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – With record-setting rainfall occurring in West Tennessee, the American Red Cross urges Middle Tennessee residents to take steps now to stay safer when floods threaten.

Recent rain and storms fell on an already saturated ground creating heavy run off and flooding.

Recent rain and storms fell on an already saturated ground creating heavy run off and flooding.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal reports Tennessee Fire Death Rate Hits New Low In 2015

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For the second consecutive year, Tennessee fire deaths decreased to a new state-record low while the number of lives saved by smoke alarms installed by the state’s fire departments continues to climb.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today that fewer unintentional structure fire fatalities occurred in 2015 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, including a milestone year achieved last year.

Seventy-two (72) people died in accidental home fires across the state in 2015 — down from 76 fatalities in 2014. Both years were record-breaking improvements compared to 2013’s fire fatality total of 100.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

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American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations

 

Donations needed to prevent a Winter Shortage

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter.

Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply.

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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