Oneblood Reopens After Irma, In ‘Urgent’ Need Of Donations
Enterprise Staff Writer
OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the southeast, including Douglas, has reopened and is in “urgent” need for donations following Hurricane Irma. All blood types are needed, though there is an urgent need for platelet donors and people with O negative blood.
Hurricane Irma forced OneBlood to suspend operations for three days and as a result, there is an urgent need to replenish the areas blood supply. Donors should visit www.oneblood.org for donor center hours and blood drive locations.
As a proactive measure OneBlood, in coordination with America’s Blood Centers and Blood Centers of America, is also actively arranging for shipments of blood to be brought into areas of need by blood centers from around the country. OneBlood is urging people living outside of Irma’s path to visit their local blood center and donate blood as soon as possible.
According to Oneblood officials, “The need for blood does not stop for a hurricane, it only becomes more intensified. Other blood centers can only assist OneBlood if they have extra blood available to send to Florida. This is why a ready blood supply across the nation is imperative.”
Douglas’ Oneblood center is located at 1214 North Peterson Avenue in Douglas.