‘Battle of Badges’ boosts Red Cross

The Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region will be conducting its first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive in Oregon and Washington. Multiple organizations within the police and fire departments will be participating by hosting blood drives and recruiting blood donors.

The campaign is officially under way and will be running until Feb. 16.

The Battle of the Badges is a widely acclaimed blood drive competition between law enforcement and public safety agencies. The goal is to see which agency, together with friends and family, can donate the most blood.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. These generous public service agents are involved in a healthy competition where everyone involved wins.

The Battle of the Badges has been a success for seven years in the Southern California Red Cross Region, with more than 150 separate drives occurring within the region during the one-month span.

The Pacific Northwest Red Cross will be looking forward to making its first Battle of the Badges a success.

Agencies can participate either by donating blood at any American Red Cross blood drive between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16, or sponsoring a blood drive.

Red Cross officials said “This life-saving effort can substantially improve the availability of blood for accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies, burn patients, or those who may need regular blood transfusions in order to live.”

Typically, blood donations decline in the weeks after the New Year. Therefore, our badge-carrying heroes are stepping forward to help fill the constant need for healthy blood donors, hoping to inspire other to do the same.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800 REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Agencies needing more information about participating in the Battle of the Badges competition, contact Tim Lippert at 503-528-5574 or Tim.Lippert@

redcross.org.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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