Blood Donations Needed Immediately as Hurricane Approaches

Blood Donations Needed Immediately as Hurricane Approaches

(Orlando, Florida October 6, 2016)   Despite Hurricane Matthew inching closer to Florida, many parts of the OneBlood service area are up and running and donors are highly encouraged to come in and donate before the storm arrives.

The following information details the areas that are open and closed.

Open: October 6th

  • Tampa Bay – Normal business hours
  • Panhandle – Normal business hours
  • Thomasville &  Douglas, Georgia – Normal business hours
  • Ft. Myers – Normal business hours
  • Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Marion, Sumter counties – Open until 2pm.

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OneBlood is urging donors to please donate as soon as possible to help ensure an available blood supply before, during and after the hurricane. These donations are vitally important to keep the blood supply strong and to provide support to the areas that are not able to collect blood when the hurricane moves through.

While all blood types are needed, there is an increased need for Platelets, AB Plasma, as well as O Negative and O Positive blood.

Closed: October 6th

Brevard, Broward, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.  We have also closed our South Carolina operations in Beaufort.

Operations will resume when conditions are safe.

Hurricanes can disrupt blood collections, sometimes for several days. The most critical time for blood donations is prior to any storm in order to sustain the blood supply during and immediately after the event. (See our story by clicking HERE).


Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.

One of three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.


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