Hurricane Harvey Prompts Immediate Need for Blood Donors

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

From Oklahoma Blood Institute

August 28, 2017 -- Catastrophic flooding in Houston and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey are prompting Oklahoma Blood Institute to issue an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types. Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Oklahoma Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the life-saving blood supply.

Oklahoma Blood Institute has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas affected by flooding, and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week. This can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals. Oklahoma Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.

“Blood centers affected by this disaster could be shut down for days or weeks,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Oklahoma Blood Institute is ready to help our neighbors dealing with this unprecedented flooding in Houston, and we know that we can count on our donors to make the commitment to give blood or platelets.”

If you would like to donated blood to those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Southwest Oklahoma Blood is located at 211 SW A Ave. in downtown Lawton. For more information, call 580-350-6100.

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