Red Cross Blood Donation Shortage

MEDFORD, Ore. — The America Red Cross is facing a blood shortage as the peak summer season begins. Red Cross officials said they are down nearly 15,000 donations in the Pacific Northwest.  This shortage is an on-going trend the agency said it’s starting to see every summer. An estimated forty percent of their donations come … Continue reading »

Red Cross Volunteers Return from Academy

MEDFORD, Ore. — Several Red Cross volunteers are back in Southern Oregon after learning how to respond during a disaster. From fires, to earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados; whether they happen in Southern Oregon, or across the country, Red Cross volunteers say they need to know how to respond quickly during an emergency, in order to … Continue reading »

Potential CPR Training Requirement

MEDFORD, Ore. — Lawmakers are discussing a bill in Salem that could impact Oregon teens. Senate Bill 275 would require all high school students to be trained in CPR. Medical professionals and students are testifying at the Capitol regarding the bill. This discussion comes just before the start of Red Cross Month. March is the … Continue reading »

Flu Impacting Blood Donations

MEDFORD, Ore. — Red Cross officials say the flu is adding to the blood shortage in Jackson County. January is National Blood Donor Month, but the Southern Oregon chapter of the Red Cross says as many as 50 to 60% of their blood donor’s appointments have been canceled because they were sick. Officials say donations … Continue reading »

Sandy Leaves Red Cross Short For Blood

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Red Cross is short 10,000 units in their national blood supply after “Superstorm Sandy” cancels hundred of drives scheduled this week and it comes at a time when they need it more than ever. Now the Red Cross is asking for your help in filling that gap. Superstorm Sandy delivered heavy … Continue reading »

Hurricane Sandy Affects Medford Fliers

MEDFORD, Ore. — As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, thousands of flights have been canceled nationwide, leaving passengers scrambling to make alternative travel plans. Though local flights are all on schedule, there are concerns about connecting flights. In the Rogue Valley, the Medford Airport reports no delays to any of the direct … Continue reading »

Local Residents to Help with Hurricane

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local Red Cross officials sent two local residents to help with Hurricane Sandy on Saturday. One person will help with health services and the other will help with mass food services. Local Red Cross officials told Newswatch 12 that one person is from Klamath Falls and the other is from Fort Jones. … Continue reading »

Locals Help in Mississippi Storm

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Volunteers from Southern Oregon are now helping in Mississippi, where hundreds of thousands of people have lost power. Members of the Southern Oregon Red Cross say there are helping to provide shelter and food for people living near Hattiesburg. Red Cross Volunteer Phil Gonzalez said a caravan of Red Cross vehicles and … Continue reading »

Local Red Cross Volunteer In Florida

Those currently at the Republican National Convention are dealing with the impact of the storm known as “Isaac”. Rain and high winds are already impacting the Gulf Coast ahead of tropical storm Isaac. Forecasters say the storm, expected to strengthen to a Category One Hurricane, will bring 10 to 20 inches of rain and winds … Continue reading »

American Red Cross Needs Blood Donations

By Yessenia Anderson MEDFORD, Ore. — The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels nationwide. Local officials say they have not seen the situation this bad in years. Usually the summer time is already the slower donation season of the year. But this summer, the American Red Cross began its collection already 10% … Continue reading »