Blood donors needed as La. prepares for Hurricane Harvey

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - United Blood Services is calling on donors to make an appointment to give blood this Saturday and Sunday. With uncertain effects that Hurricane Harvey will have on Louisiana, United Blood Services is preparing for a loss of blood donations next week as mobile blood drives are expected to cancel and donor centers may be unable to operate. Blood donation this weekend will help secure blood for patients in south Louisiana throughout the duration of the storm.

“In any situation where blood transfusions are needed, it’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives,” said Shawn Shields, senior director of recruitment for United Blood Services southeast division. “With the possibility of tens of thousands of people displaced until the storm subsides, we need the community’s help to ensure a safe and adequate supply not only for our community but for the communities impacted by this massive storm.”

While O-positive and O-negative donations are most needed at this time, United Blood Services urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit or call 877-827-4376 to schedule an appointment at one of our three donor centers or at a mobile blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations.

Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.


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