Hurricane Ian’s aftermath requires U.S. blood donations now!
From Bloodworks NW:
While the day-to-day mission of Bloodworks NW is to supply local hospitals right here where we work and live in the Puget Sound, local blood donations also support nationwide needs in the event of emergencies and large scale disasters/traumas.
Earlier this week we shipped an emergency blood supply of 30 units of Type O Positive blood to SunCoast Blood Centers in Florida as the state prepared for a powerful storm. As Hurricane Ian intensified shutting down blood collections, the shipment helped prepare Florida hospitals. Plans are being made to ship 100 additional units on Saturday [Oct. 1]. Press Release
Blood centers across the country are being asked to continue to funnel blood components into Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian while power remains out, roads are impassable and there is unknown damage to infrastructure and maintain safe levels for local hospitals over the coming days. Because of this we are asking our local community to donate blood as soon as possible.
Hurricane Ian prompts emergency shipments of blood to Florida
The blood supply is critical for Florida right now, and Bloodworks Northwest donors are helping to ensure patients who need blood can receive it. Bloodworks Northwest is sending emergency blood shipments to Florida, 130 units so far, as Hurricane Ian halted blood donation there. Help restock the shelves for local hospitals and the medical systems in Florida who need blood immediately because lives are on the line. Donation opportunities are available at Bloodworks Donor Centers or local Pop-Up Blood Drives. Become a blood donor by booking your one-hour appointment today at BloodworksNW.org or 800-398-7888. Bloodworks Northwest. Community Ready.
To support the emergency response, our community must donate blood as soon as possible.