Red Cross en Freezing Weather Threatens Blood Bank Supply <p></p><p>The Polar Vortex isn’t loosening its grip on North Carolina. Freezing temperatures hit a record-low seven degrees in Elizabeth City this morning. Chowan County in the eastern part of the state had 9 inches of snow on the ground by yesterday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>But a series of cold spells and and days of icy roads have led to the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.</p><p></p><p>Lu Esposito of the Red Cross said the Triangle region is short 1,500 units of blood of all types.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:39:11 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 29756 at Freezing Weather Threatens Blood Bank Supply State and National Red Cross Chapters Seeking Blood Donations <p>The American Red Cross says it is dealing with a chronic reserve blood shortage. The organization doesn't have the supply to keep up with the average rate of blood transfusions, which is once every three seconds. Barry Porter is executive director of the Triangle Red Cross. He says it is a daily struggle to convince those that can give to actually do so.<br> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:26:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1929 at Program Aims To Put Defibrillators In Churches <p>Several state organizations are banding together give churches the tools to save lives.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> State Representative Becky Carney of Charlotte will never forget April 2nd, 2009, the day a portable defibrillator revived her after a near-fatal heart attack at the General Assembly<br><br><strong>Rep. Becky Carney:</strong> One story can propel a great movement within a community.<br> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1946 at Red Cross Prepares for Irene <p>The American Red Cross is moving equipment and personnel into place to help people who may be affected by Hurricane Irene. Timm Heisey with the Red Cross says 45 emergency response vehicles are being staged in Raleigh. He says many Triangle residents signed up to be volunteers after the April tornadoes.<br> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:01:00 +0000 Brent Wolfe 7547 at