Pioneer Library System closed Friday due to weather
Hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System are closed Friday due to weather conditions.
Library leadership will monitor the weather conditions throughout the day and evening before making a decision on what time libraries may open on Saturday.
Library information will be updated through the PLS Facebook page at “Pioneer Library System,” follow PLS on Twitter @mylibrary2go or go to the PLS web page, www.justsoyouknow.us.
Blood emergency declared across state
Faced with less than a one-day supply of blood, Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) has declared a blood emergency across the state. Declines in blood donation due to difficult travel have diminished the supply. Many school and business blood drives have been canceled Thursday through Sunday. Yet, the needs by patients in area hospitals continue.
OBI encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, who are able to safely travel to donate blood this weekend. These OBI donor centers will be open extended hours Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local donor centers are:
Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.,
Norman, 1004 24th Ave. N.W., Ste. 101,
North OKC, 5105 N. Portland Ave.,
Quail Springs Mall will host a blood supply recovery drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Donors are asked to use the lower level, southeast entrance to the mall.
Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers.
Red Cross on standby for shelters
The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma remains on standby to open possible shelters and warming centers. Volunteers remain in contact with emergency managers and police on needs for these to open.
Red Cross offers the following tips:
• All heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least three feet away from heating equipment.
• Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended, and use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.
• Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
• Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
• Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned if necessary.
• If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs, or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
Also with the cold temperatures, people need to be careful of frostbite and hypothermia.
Signals of frostbite include: Lack of feeling in the affected area; skin that appears waxy, is cold to the touch, or is discolored (flushed, white or gray, yellow or blue).
Hypothermia is another cold-related emergencies. Hypothermia may quickly become life threatening. Hypothermia is caused by the cooling of the body caused by the failure of the body’s warming system. The goals of first aid are to restore normal body temperature and to care for any conditions while waiting for EMS personnel.
Signals of hypothermia include: Shivering, numbness, glassy stare; apathy, weakness, impaired judgment; loss of consciousness.