(WFLA) – Some blood banks in Florida have suspended operations on the east coast due to Hurricane Matthew. They are asking people on Florida’s west coast to donate. Below is information about blood banks seeking donations.
SunCoast Blood Banks
Hurricane Matthew has prompted blood banks in its path to cancel blood collections. Several have reached out to SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) asking for assistance.
“When a hurricane is coming our way, residents think about having enough water, gas and food to weather the storm. Blood banks think about having enough blood on the shelves during the emergency for the hospitals we serve,” said Jayne Giroux, director of community development for SCBB. Of great concern to SCBB is the possibility of the Hurricane circling back and hitting this area which would mean temporarily ceasing collections in this community.
SCBB is currently experiencing a shortage of all blood types and urgently needs to build its inventory to safe levels, as well as collect additional blood products to help areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The blood bank is asking people to donate this week to avoid a shortage when blood products are the most needed. Once local needs are met, SCBB can assist other areas facing shortages.
For SCBB donor center locations, bloodmobile sites and service hours, please visit scbb.org.
Blood donation facility OneBlood says it will suspend operations along much of the east coast of Florida and into parts of Central Florida because of Hurricane Matthew.
OneBlood locations are expected to remain open in other parts of Florida including the Tampa Bay area, Pensacola, Fort Meyers, Tallahassee, and Panama City.
OneBlood is encouraging people to donate in these areas as soon as possible to help ensure an available blood supply before, during and after the hurricane.
All blood types are needed, but there is an increased need for platelets, AB plasma as well as O Negative and O Positive blood.
The organization says that the donations are important to keep the blood supply strong and to provide support in the areas that are not able to collect blood when a hurricane moves through.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about donating blood visit oneblood.org.
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