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Blood Donations Needed Now

Blood Donations Needed Now

(Orlando, Florida, August 28, 2023) There is an urgent call for additional blood donations BEFORE Idalia arrives.  While all blood types are needed there is an increased need for O Negative and O Positive blood, as well as platelet donations.

“Hurricanes and tropical systems often disrupt blood collections for several days. The most critical time for blood donations is prior to any storm or hurricane in order to sustain the blood supply during and immediately after the event”, said Susan Forbes, OneBlood’s senior vice president of corporate communications and public relations.

OneBlood encourages all eligible donors to make blood donation part of their storm preparations and visit a donor center or Big Red Bus as soon as possible. For a list of OneBlood locations visit

To find a donor center or Big Red Bus blood drive near you please visit

OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 250 hospital partners and their patients throughout Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about OneBlood visit

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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