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INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

INBC reaches safe levels of O-negative and O-positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center announced good news on Thursday regarding the levels of O-negative and O-positive blood. The only supplier of blood for area hospitals reported that the supply of these types of blood has reached safe levels.  INBC said that thanks to the donors who have rolled up their sleeve to give blood, they have seen nearly 500 type O donors since Monday. This is a huge response that has brought the blood supply up a remarkable 90% in the last few days.

INBC reminded donors the need for blood does not go on vacation. They urge donors who have made an appointment to keep them in order to ensure blood supply remains at needed levels. INBC needs 200 donors every day, with nearly 90 of those being type O.

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

INBC at emergency levels of Type O negative and Type O positive blood

The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is calling all eligible O-Negative and O-Positive blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood as soon as possible.

INBC says blood supply has reached critical levels for O blood types, with only 10% of needed blood supply on the shelf. In order to reach a safe blood supply, over 500 blood donors are urgently needed this week.

O-Negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone in an emergency situations where there is not enough time to match a patient’s blood type. O-Positive is the most common blood type and so is crucial to have a safe supply on hospital shelves. INBC is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals and needs an average of 200 blood donors every day.

In response to the critical levels, INBC is opening its Spokane Center on Thursday, January 1st from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are needed at this time. Donation centers can be found in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and the Valley Hospital. For more information, visit www.inbcsaves.org.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

Free flu vaccine walk-in clinics

Free flu vaccine walk-in clinics

Flu season is knocking on the door, but it's not too late to get your flu shot - especially if you can make it to one of three upcoming FREE clinics in north Idaho. The clinics are open to everyone 11 and older. Children 10 and younger must be seen by their primary care physician. No registration is needed

October 22: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Benewah Medical Center

November 5: 8:30 am – 11:00 am at CDA Tribal Wellness Center

November 19: Noon to 1:00 pm at CDA Tribal Wellness Center

The Benewah Medical Center is located at 427 N. 12th Street in Plummer, Idaho. CDA Tribal Wellness Center at 1100 A Street, also in Plummer. For more questions call (208) 686-1767.

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.