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Blood Bank of Delmarva Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations as Hurricane Dorian Moves North

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DELAWARE – The Blood Bank of Delmarva is calling for blood donations as Hurricane Dorian has now made landfall in the US. To assist local blood centers in the areas affected by Dorian, BBD has shipped units of blood and more donations are urgently needed in order to ensure blood is available in the aftermath of the storm.

Donated blood is perishable, so the supply must be constantly replenished. The storm comes as the national blood supply was already low following a drop in donations over Labor Day weekend, according to BBD officials.

Disruption in the supply from Hurricane Durian would impact the health of people suffering from medical emergencies or chronic conditions, officials said. Donations are used to help cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

Blood Bank of Delmarva Senior Executive Director Richard Thomas said, “In times of crisis, local blood centers are called upon to help other parts of the country in need, meaning our already low blood reserves are stretched even further. As Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, it is up us to ensure that hospitals and patients in affected areas have access to the life-saving blood they need, so we urge all residents to take one hour to donate blood and help those in danger.”

For more information on where to donate or how to set up your own drive, visit https://www.delmarvablood.org/give-blood/or call 1-888-825-6638.

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