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A row of people in masks lay on beds as people in red shirts draw their blood.
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Some blood banks in North Texas are worried about a blood shortage. They're now offering COVID-19 antibody tests as an added service and incentive to donate.

Update on Feb. 1: The American Red Cross' general counsel and chief international officer, David Meltzer, has resigned since the publication of this story. In Meltzer's letter of resignation on Jan. 31, he said, "the language I used at that time in association with Mr. Anderson's departure was inappropriate." The Red Cross could not be reached for comment on Meltzer's resignation, but in a Jan. 25 statement, the charity acknowledged that its "subsequent actions fell short" after Anderson's resignation.

How North Texans Can Help During Harvey

Aug 27, 2017
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After reaching the Texas as a Category 4 hurricane late on Aug. 25, a weakened Harvey inundated cities and communities along the coast and further inland with catastrophic flooding.

North Texas weather wasn't affected much by the storm, but residents can help during the emergency period in several ways.  

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All day, emergency crews have been tending to high water rescues, flooded streets and power outages.

The Red Cross is on standby and is using Twitter to help decide when to spring into action.

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The storm and the disaster that followed reshaped New Orleans and had a dramatic impact to North Texas, and beyond.

About 26,000 evacuees made their way to Red Cross shelters near Dallas. The influx of people shocked the city.

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At midday Saturday, more than 115,000 North Texans were facing another day of deep-freeze temperatures with no electricity, which means no heat.

Oncor, the company that maintains most North Texas power lines, hopes that power will be restored for many residents and businesses by Sunday night. But that depends on several factors, including weather conditions.

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Millions of people in the Philippines need help after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the country -- and relief organizations are already on the ground. (A U.S. military commander told NPR that it "looks like a 50-mile-wide tornado" flattened everything in one city.) Here's a listing of groups that are assisting with the typhoon relief effort:

For the first time, the American Red Cross' Dallas-Fort Worth chapter is seeking digital volunteers to get information out during big storms and other events.

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10:00 a.m.: Dallas Fire Rescue's Task Force 2 Search and Rescue worked overnight searching the rubble of the Rancho Brazos neighborhood ripped apart by one of several tornadoes that roared through North Texas. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the rescue crew did not find any survivors or additional casualties. And he is hopeful the seven people still listed as missing are safe and will check in.

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Update, Saturday, 11:15 a.m.: Thinking about taking a carload or truckload of supplies to help out the people of West? Don't. The little town is overwhelmed with donations of goods and clothing. Folks sorting through all the donations tell KERA's BJ Austin they've run out of room. The Dallas Morning News reports that cash is the most important thing needed right now.  There are plenty of other ways you can help, too. Here are a few: