A blood shortage that started when severe weather blanketed the Southeast is now approaching emergency levels.
“Every summer is a struggle, when schools close and regular donors travel, but right now we are facing severe shortages for all blood types all across Alabama, Georgia and Florida,” said LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles. “The storms that hit our region last week kept donors away, and we are still struggling to make up that deficit.”
Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. Call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 to find a blood drive near you. Included is a listing of all blood drives in this area for this week.
“Our goal is to keep every hospital supplied and have reserve blood on hand at LifeSouth, and right now there is no backup,” Bowles said.