Blood Donations Needed in Wake of Texas Disaster

Blood donations needed in St. Louis in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Americans urged to give blood following Harvey

There's a national call for blood donations to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The storm forced the cancellation of blood drives in Texas, and there's concern the blood supply will drop dramatically. In addition, with flooding disrupting collection across a wide region, the short, five-day shelf life for platelets makes emergency shipments from outside the disaster-impacted area essential.

There are often more drivers on the road over the Labor Day Weekend, meaning more accidents, and therefore an increased need for blood.

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"Donors can walk into any SunCoast donor center or bloodmobile", Bush added.

A USA task force which generally works for well maintenance of blood supply during disasters and also post-terror attacks has also urged the people of the U.S.to donate blood voluntarily so as to avoid any risk of scarcity of blood.

"Blood centers are still not operational and if they are operational, there are no people to donate because they've been evacuated", says Linda Grace, Sr. Walk-ins are welcome at any of our locations. Davis has been working for the Kentucky Blood Center for a year, dedicating her time to the nonprofit that ensures safe blood supplies for the state of Kentucky.

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The non-profit serves 43 counties and has less than a day's blood supply on hand, according to Roger Ruiz, the corporate communications specialist with the organization.

"There's no substitute for blood, so it's that important that it's there", Forbes said.

- Sergio Coppa for United Blood Services.

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