MANKATO, MN - As Hurricane Florence heads towards the Carolinas, the Red Cross is preparing for disaster.
 
This afternoon, they were out at Culver's on Madison Avenue in Mankato for their annual 'Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve' blood drive.  With hurricane season hitting its peak, donating blood is as important as ever.
 
Sue Thesenga of the American Red Cross, said: "It seems like this time of year we always have some kind of natural disaster.  Ahead of Hurricane Florence, the Red Cross did send additional blood products to hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina."
 
If you want to donate blood you can call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit their website at redcross.org.