SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Blood donors in the Ozarks are being asked to step up to help boost blood supplies in Texas where Hurricane Harvey has hit the hardest.
In a news release Monday morning, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks says “Officials from the hardest hit areas have issued an appeal for support due to the impact that flooding has had on their ability to collect and process blood in the wake of the storm. More than 2,500 units have already been requested, with an emphasis on type O due to its universal application in emergency response.”
“We’re asking our local donors to give now to help us assist with the ongoing emergency response,” said CBCO Executive Director Anthony Roberts
CBCO will ship 50 units of blood later this morning through emergency depots located in Dallas and Austin.
The CBCO says the agencies located in Houston and Corpus Christi expect shortages to persist for the remainder of the week due to the heavy rains that have accompanied the storm, resulting in widespread blood drive cancellations.
For more information on how you can assist with the blood supply recovery, visit CBCO’s website at http://www.cbco.org or call (800) 280-5337.
(edited news release)