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The flu season and severe winter weather forced the cancellation of more than 150 blood drives and resulted in 28,000 fewer donations of life-saving platelets and blood for patients in hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. To meet immediate needs, the American Red Cross must collect 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day.

Sandy Evans helps her parents clear out the basement of the house she grew up in on Oak Court in Arnold on Monday afternoon. Floodwater from the Meramec River damaged the basement, which housed a spare bedroom and a bathroom.
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Updated 10:45 a.m., Jan. 24 with information from FEMA—Hundreds of thousands of federal dollars are available to Missourians whose homes were damaged in flooding between Dec. 23 and Jan. 9, now that President Barrack Obama has declared 33 counties a major disaster area.

But figuring out whether you qualify for aid can be confusing. So we enlisted the help of Jono Anzalone, who oversees American Red Cross disaster relief for Missouri, to create a FAQ for FEMA applications.

Paul Jackson, 83, says he's been sleeping in his car since the flood swept through his trailer in Arnold, Mo.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

With no money to spare and little idea where to go, Paul Jackson of Arnold has been sleeping in his car since flood waters swept through his home at the end of December.

“My trailer is demolished and my landlady is trying to fix it up,” said Jackson, an 83-year-old veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars. “I’ve got a 106-year-old mother in a house of 12, and I can’t live with them because they’re all filled up.”

Detail from the cover of Red Cross magazine

The American Red Cross and the World Chess Hall of Fame encourage chess fans to help save lives – and learn more about the impact of chess in World War II -- by donating blood at the Hall of Fame on Monday, Jan. 4.

A Red Cross volunteer distributes food in Ferguson in August.
Courtesy of the American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis

The American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis says it is ready to provide whatever services are needed in the aftermath of the anticipated grand jury decision of whether or not to charge Darren Wilson with a crime.

The protests that erupted following the August shooting death of Michael Brown left many families in the Ferguson area struggling to meet basic needs, said Red Cross chief executive officer Cindy Erickson.  The Red Cross partnered with other area relief agencies to set up a respite center where people could get supplies and services. 

As Snow Melts, Red Cross Calls for Blood Donations

Jan 12, 2014
(KWMU staff)

The American Red Cross is asking donors to help replenish the St. Louis region’s blood supply after snow and frigid weather prevented blood collection for several days.

Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says snow and cold across the country have led to a shortfall in donations.

“Here in the Missouri-Illinois region over the past five or six days, we’ve had to cancel more than 30 blood drives because of the weather,” Fox says. “And as a result of that, we’re seeing a shortfall of close to 900 units of blood and platelets.”

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Anheuser-Busch is in the process of packaging over one million cans of drinking water for victims of Hurricane Sandy that hit the northeast early this week.

The St. Louis-based company has the ability to easily convert one or more of its beer-production lines to produce drinking water, which is something it has done in the wake of natural disasters since the late 1980s.

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The American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors.

Donations to the Red Cross are down ten percent across the country in June, and officials with the agency say the current blood supply is half the level it was last year when it issued a similar plea.

Local Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says the extreme heat keeps potential donors away.  He says people tend to give when natural disasters strike, even though the need is year-round.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - When we picture ourselves coping with disaster, we often imagine running to the basement where we've ideally stashed our canned food, bottled water and hand-crank radio.

But even if you're prepared at home, there's a good chance you might not be there when disaster strikes. Adding up car time and hours at work, places of worship and in numerous other activities, it's common to be away for half the day or more.

Joseph Leahy

A year after one of the worst winters in decades, emergency officials say St. Louis is prepared for more severe weather. City and county officials were briefed Thursday on the American Red Cross's preparations at its national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis.

Mary Anderson, the Red Cross' regional director of disaster services says since last year's devastating tornados that struck Missouri, the Red Cross is making space in the 100,000 square-foot facility for more supplies.