OneBlood Urging Donations Before Hurricane Michael Arrives

OneBlood Urging Donations Before Hurricane Michael Arrives

(Orlando, Florida October 8, 2018)  As Hurricane Michael moves closer to Florida, OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast, will need to suspend parts of its operations and is urging all eligible blood donors to donate now, before Michael impacts its service area.

  • OneBlood will begin to suspend operations in the Panhandle effective Tuesday, October 9th and will close all donor centers and mobile operations in Panama City, Ft. Walton, Crestview and Marianna.

  • In addition, effective Wednesday, October 10th OneBlood will also suspend operations in Pensacola and Tallahassee, as well as operations in Thomasville and Douglas, Georgia.

  • OneBlood anticipates resuming operations in the Panhandle on Thursday, October 11th.

OneBlood is urging all eligible blood donors living outside of the hurricane’s path to donate now and help ensure a ready blood supply for Florida.  While all blood types are needed, there is an increased need for platelet donations.   

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. Hurricanes have the potential to disrupt the blood supply for several days.  This is why it is important that additional blood is available before the storm arrives.

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


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 oneblood.org. 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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