Sustained Rain and Catastrophic Flooding in Southeast Texas Prompts Call for Blood Donors Across U.S.
San Francisco, CA (Aug. 28, 2017) – Blood donors across the country are being asked to give blood as soon as possible over the next several days to help ensure patient blood needs can continue to be met despite the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
As part of Blood Systems Blood Services West Division, Blood Centers of the Pacific is included in a multi-state system of blood centers. This network works in tandem, moving life-saving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most. The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism issued a news release calling for blood donations across the country Sunday afternoon. In the wake of the storm, countless blood drives have been canceled, collections suspended, and donor centers closed in the affected areas. With more sustained rain forecasted, these cancellations and closures are likely to rise. Blood Centers of the Pacific needs the community’s help to ensure a safe and adequate supply not only for our community but for the many communities impacted by this massive storm.
As noted in the AABB news release type O blood donations are the most critically needed at this time, however, all blood types are welcome. Blood centers across the country are working together in this effort. Blood Centers of the Pacific urges both existing and first-time donors to make and keep appointments over the next several days and in the coming weeks. Visit www.bloodcenters.org or call 800-393-4483 to schedule an appointment at one of our donor centers or at a mobile blood drive near you. Walk-ins are welcome at all of our locations.
The timing of this storm is especially concerning as we approach Labor Day – a time when donations dramatically decline across the country due to the three-day holiday weekend.
Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.