American Red Cross

In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 1

4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions. Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the U.S. With that in mind, the American Red Cross is reporting a nationwide emergency blood shortage.

American Red Cross communications manager Sue Thesenga explains.

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People in Delmont are marking the anniversary of a tornado that tore through the tiny town. The storm struck mid-morning on May 10, 2015. No one died, but several people were hurt, and the storm brought widespread damage to the southeast South Dakota community. Some residents are still rebuilding while others have left for good. 

One year ago, crews used machines to shove massive piles of broken boards, downed trees, and debris off the streets of Delmont. A tornado toppled cars, shattered windows, and decimated city landmarks.

Erin Mairose

1,500 homes in Sioux Falls are a little safer after a weekend visit from the American Red Cross, the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue team, and college students. As part of the Growing Resilient Campaign, the teams went door to door to check smoke alarms and to help residents plan a fire escape route.

 A fire engine pulls up alongside a curb in a Sioux Falls neighborhood. Four men get out carrying a duffle bag of equipment and a map.