LifeShare Blood Centers at 4305 Laurel St. in Beaumont will hold its annual Hurricane Preparedness Drive on Thursday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, May 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The first 25 blood donors at the drive will receive a free case of water. All donors will be entered to win a Generac generator donated by Thermacon.

The National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 24 to 30, reminding residents to be prepared and have a plan. Helpful information and preparedness tips may be found at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ or http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.asp.

“Disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. One of the ways we must be prepared is with a safe and adequate blood supply. During this week, we want to help the community prepare by increasing the blood supply and reminding residents of the need for an emergency kit and plan,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.