The Red Cross will hold a blood drive and disaster preparedness event

PROVO, Utah – The American Red Cross of Utah said it will partner with the city of Provo and other community partners to host a blood drive and disaster preparedness event in June. The organization said the event would help replenish Utah’s blood supply and provide a learning opportunity for residents.

The event will take place on June 6, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Provo Seventh-day Adventist Church at 255 S. 700 E.

“In addition to donating blood, attendees have the opportunity to learn the latest method of hands-on CPR and become ‘Red Cross Ready,’ knowing how to prepare for disasters,” said Benjamin Donner, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Central and Southern Utah Chapter.

To be “Red Cross ready”, the organization encourages community members to follow three steps: “get a kit, make a plan, get informed”.

“Disasters can happen anywhere, anytime,” Donner said. “We urge people to prepare now and be ready if an emergency occurs in their home or in our local community. Helping people during disasters is at the heart of our mission.

Provo Fire and Police Departments will attend the event, which the organization says will allow the community to get to know their first responders.

Community members who wish to donate blood are asked to register online or call 1-800-RED CROSS and use the sponsor code SAVELIVES.