February 17, 2021- Winter storms have ceased blood collections in many parts of the country. The Blood Center (TBC) is working as a hub for regional blood centers nationally to distribute blood and blood components to Texas. Blood supplies across the country are severely diminishing with winter weather conditions.
“As winter storm conditions continue, it may be several days before our neighbors are able to resume blood collections. The need for those patients requiring transfusions to potentially sustain life does not subside. The most heavily populated parts of Texas haven’t collected blood for days,” says Billy Weales, President and CEO for TBC. “Road conditions and power outages continue to deplete a critically low blood supply for our neighbors and it’s up to us to help. We must stabilize our own blood supply AND help our neighbors”.
TBC is extending hours at all centers this week to accommodate donors. Blood centers nationally are working together in response to the blood shortages to aid communities affected by arctic weather conditions.
Last week TBC aided neighboring states when weather-related closures critically impacted blood supplies. As storms across the country close roads and businesses, traffic accidents increase significantly. Blood drive cancellations Monday due to severe cold weather and treacherous road conditions further compound the immediate need for citizens to donate.
All donor centers this week are staying open an added hour this week to accommodate donors.