Updated: March 3, 2014 1:27PM
An increase in auto accidents and a dip in blood donations because of the weather have created a blood shortage in the area, according to the New Lenox Fire Protection District.
In response, the fire district and Lifesource will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Fire Station 1, 261 E. Maple St., New Lenox, according to a release from the fire district.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures, blood donation sites are not getting as many donations as typical at this time of year, the release said. The weather conditions also increase the chances of motor vehicle accidents, and local blood banks’ supplies are needed for minor and major surgeries stemming from such accidents, the fire district said.
For every donor, Lifesource will donate back to the Everyday Heroes Program, which supports firefighters and other servicemen and women seeking higher education, the release said. Donors also will receive a coupon for a pint of Culver’s custard as well as a free tote bag, it said.
Those interested in giving blood are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling (815) 463-4500. But walk-ins also are welcome.
Those who plan to donate should drink plenty of water, eat well — especially items rich in iron — and bring a form of identification such as a driver’s license, military ID, or birth certificate along with a picture ID, the release said.
Blood donors must be at least 17, or 16 with written parental consent; weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days, the release said.
New security measures in SD 161
Beginning Feb. 3, video intercom systems located outside the front entrances of Arbury Hills, Frankfort Square, Walker and Summit Hill Junior High schools will be activated, according to Summit Hill School District 161 Supt. Barb Rains.
The door-monitoring system was piloted earlier this year at Rogus and Indian Trail schools. The results of the pilot were positive, Rains said in a press release. The system allows the building secretary the ability to communicate with individuals before authorizing entry into the building.
When a visitor presses the intercom button to speak to the secretary, a photo of the visitor is taken and recorded.
Principals at the four schools will begin communicating the process to parents at their buildings, the release said.
This door-monitoring system is an added safety and security measure implemented by the school board, it said.