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Michigan is sending help to West Virginia in the aftermath of deadly flooding in West Virginia.  

Washtenaw County Chapter American Red Cross

While most of the flood waters in metro Detroit have receded, assistance is still needed in a variety of ways.

The Red Cross has helped several families find temporary shelter after a fire Wednesday night forced them to vacate their homes.

Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage

Jul 23, 2014

Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.  It has to be fairly fresh.  And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.

Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.

She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.

"We're missing a large percentage of our regular donations," Bermudez says.

Red Cross Working To Build Up Summer Blood Supply

Jun 18, 2014

The American Red Cross hopes you'll help build up their supply of blood for the busy summer months.

Regular donors can sometimes forget to give over the summer.  Students are also a big part of the donor base, but with school out the Red Cross loses many of their younger donors. 

The Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region is holding close to two dozen local blood donor events through the beginning of July.

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Ypsilanti Community Utilitites Authority

When temperatures dip this low, frozen pipes are a frequent problem for homeowners.   

Jeff Castro is Director of the Ypsilanti Community Utilitites Authority.  He says it's good for homeowners to be aware of the danger.

 Castro says the pipes most likely to freeze are those running along an exterior wall, or near a window. In cold weather, water meters can freeze, too.     

The American Red Cross suggests taking preventative steps, such as keeping garage doors closed if there are water supply lines there, opening kitchen and bathroom doors to allow heat to circulate around the plumbing, and letting cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes.     

If you need to thaw pipes, the Red Cross suggests wrapping them with an electric heating pad, or apply heat using a hair dryer or portable space heater - so long as its kept away from flammable material.  Never use an open flame to attempt to thaw frozen water pipes.