Buffalo's Blood Donation Center on Delaware Ave. held two weekend blood drives. They were scheduled , but the organization says those supplies can help, especially if people can't make it to blood drives in areas where the storm hits.
"Because it really is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow," says Kimberly Becker, spokesperson for the Red Cross.
She also outlined the importance of blood drives, saying approximately 44,000 blood nations are needed daily nationwide to help the Red Cross tend to accident victims, cancer patients, and those needing blood.
The Red Cross is also sending two volunteers from Western New York to help in the response efforts -- including Tara Hughes of Amherst providing Mental Health assistance in White Plains and Michael Hoplight of Niagara Falls who serving as a logistics supervisor in Albany.
The organization also anticipates several additional volunteers will be deployed from Western New York as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
In addition, response vehicles from Buffalo and Jamestown are on alert to be sent to affected regions as needed.