The local chapter of the American Red Cross says it's in critical need of blood donations. In fact, the Red Cross says it's down to only one day's supply of blood types "o" and "b". Normally, the Red Cross likes to have a stockpile that will last three to five days. Local Red Cross blood centers will have extended hours this week.
This isn't just a problem in this region. Red Cross chapters across the country are facing shortages...in part because of fears generated by the spreads of SARs and the West Nile virus. They also believe many of its donors tend to leave for vacation at this time of year.