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Posted by Amanda Chittenden on June 5, 2014 9:42 AM


The need for blood never stops, even when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens the area.  That’s why The Blood Center is urging all donors to include blood donation as part of their hurricane preparations.

Hurricanes and tropical storms not only disrupt blood collections, but can potentially shut down The Blood Center’s operations in certain areas, sometimes for several days.  The most critical time for blood donations are prior to any storm or hurricane in order to sustain the blood supply during and immediately following the weather event.

Blood donations are extremely important 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to supply life-sustaining blood to patients here in our community.  The need is heightened further during hurricane season, June 1 through November 30 and is why The Blood Center encourages people to include blood donation in their summer plans and throughout hurricane season.

“When someone needs blood, the weather doesn’t matter and this includes hurricanes.  The Blood Center is the community’s primary blood provider and relies on volunteer blood donors to help maintain a stable blood supply,” said Amanda Chittenden, Public Relations Manager. “Hurricane season falls during a time when donations typically drop due to summer vacations and more laid-back schedules, which is why it is especially important to donate blood.”

In order to maintain a healthy and stable community blood supply, The Blood Center must collect between 300 to 350 pints of blood every day.  Donating blood is safe, simple and easy and just one pint can help to save up to three lives.

Up to 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only 5% actually do.  Donating blood is safe, simple and easy and just one pint can help to save up to three lives.   Donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age to donate blood.  Sixteen year olds are now eligible to donate; they must weigh at least 130 pounds and have a signed TBC parental consent form.  The entire donation process takes less than an hour.

The Blood Center is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to providing blood and blood components to patients throughout Southern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.  For more information on blood donation, please call (800) 86-BLOOD.  The Blood Center can also be found on social media-Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.