Residents Encouraged to Make Disaster Preparations

Although the Bobcat Fire is not expected to threaten Glendale or the foothill communities, city officials nevertheless encourage residents to refresh their disaster plans or plan them out if they haven’t already.
As of Friday, firefighters had established a 6% containment of the blaze, which has ballooned to more than 26,000 acres. The fire broke out Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area in the Angeles National Forest, and has prompted evacuations in seven foothill communities in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.

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YMCA Blood Drive on May 13

With the continual need for blood, the YMCA of the Foothills will be hosting two upcoming blood drives by partnering with American Red Cross at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge). The dates are Wednesday, May 13, and June 17, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Blood Drive accepts volunteers by appointment only; spots book up quickly. Visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: YMCAFoothills or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
For more information, visit ymcafoothills.org.

Blood Drives at Methodist Hospital Target Local Need

Methodist Hospital of Southern California and the American Red Cross will host two more blood drives on its hospital campus during the coming weeks in an effort to relieve a local shortage.
The entire nation also is facing a severe blood shortage, as the coronavirus outbreak has reduced donations at a time when demand remains strong. Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country because of concerns about COVID-19, resulting in 86,000 fewer blood donations compared with last year’s pace.
Blood drives will be held at Methodist Hospital’s Lewis Hall at 300 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia next Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, May 27, from 8 a.m. -7 p.m. To sign up, contact Darlene Burge at (626) 574-3582.
The donation site will use social distancing to further reduce spread of the virus. Donors must present a valid ID.
“Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime,” according to a statement from the hospital. “The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can meet that need.”

Blood Donations Urgently Needed in the Final Weeks of Summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.