(St. Petersburg, Florida October 5, 2016) Hurricane Matthew is going to force OneBlood, the local blood center, to suspend operations along much of the east coast of Florida and into parts of Central Florida.
However, other parts of the OneBlood service area are expected to remain open including, Tampa Bay, Pensacola, Ft. Myers, Tallahassee, Panama City, as well as Thomasville and Douglas, Georgia. OneBlood is urging donors in these areas to donate as soon as possible to help ensure an available blood supply before, during and after the hurricane. These donations are vitally important to keep the blood supply strong and to provide support to the areas that are not able to collect blood when the hurricane moves through.
While all blood types are needed, there is an increased need for Platelets, AB Plasma, as well as O Negative and O Positive blood.
Hurricanes can disrupt blood collections, sometimes for several days. (See our story by clicking HERE.) For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit 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 oneblood.org.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.