(Tampa, FL. August 3, 2015) Flooding conditions caused by very heavy rainfall, especially around the Tampa Bay area, are impacting blood donations. Over the last few days severe weather has disrupted and in some cases shutdown blood collections in certain locations. Because collections are limited in some areas, OneBlood, the blood center that serves much of Florida and South Georgia, is asking donors who live in areas not impacted by the floods to donate as soon as possible to help keep the blood supply strong.
OneBlood serves some 200 hospitals and blood donations are constantly needed 7 days a week 24 hours a day to supply transfusions for patients. All blood types are in demand. To find a donor center or a Big Red Bus near you go to www.oneblood.org.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit http://www.oneblood.org/target-your-type/.
One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.