Critical Need for Platelets, Plasma, O Negative and O Positive Blood
(Orlando, Florida October 7, 2016) After being forced to suspend operations throughout parts of its service area due to Hurricane Matthew, OneBlood, the local blood center, is resuming operations in select locations effective Friday, October 7th and is urging donors to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply.
While all blood types are need, there is a severe shortage of platelets and plasma as well as O negative and O positive blood.
“The hurricane has greatly reduced our ability to collect blood over the past few days and as a result we are now facing the reality of a severe blood shortage”, said Susan Forbes, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “The donations that come in from the areas where we are now operating are helping sustain the blood supply throughout OneBlood’s entire service area,” said Forbes.
OneBlood Locations Open on Friday, October 7th Are:
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties – Open
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Broward County – Open
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Tampa Bay – Open, except Polk County is closed
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Manatee County and surrounding areas – Open
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Tallahassee, Pensacola and entire Florida panhandle area – Open
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Thomasville & Douglas, Georgia – Open
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Ft. Myers – Open, except Sebring is closed
All other OneBlood locations will remain closed on Friday, October 7th.
For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drive locations visit www.oneblood.org.
Hurricanes can disrupt the blood supply for several days and that is exactly what OneBlood is experiencing as Hurricane Matthew impacts parts of Florida, and areas along the east coast. (See our story by clicking HERE.)
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.