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As storms approach Louisiana, LifeShare makes plea for blood donations

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – With dangerous weather ahead, LifeShare is urging people to help local patients by donating blood.

The blood center says it has less than a one day supply of various blood types. Any decrease in donors will lead to an immediate interruption in being able to provide hospitals with blood.

LifeShare says last week, they proactively asked blood centers around the country to consider sending excess blood to the region ahead of the storm. As of Sunday afternoon, they haven’t received any.

Senior Director of Blood Operations Benjamin Prijatel said the storms couldn’t come at a worse time.

“Because of COVID-19, many of our biggest and best blood drives – including area high schools and colleges – are canceled. Since the beginning of the month, we’ve been struggling to meet the needs of the community. Now, with only a few units of blood on the shelf, we are facing catastrophe with the chance of being hit by not one, but two hurricanes.”

With LifeShare being the primary blood provider for the region, everyone is asked to help weather the storage.

“Luckily, LifeShare is bigger than this storm. We will be relying on our communities in Texarkana, TX; El Dorado, AR; Shreveport/Bossier, LA; Monroe, LA; and Alexandria, LA, as the storm makes landfall. When the storm moves north, our donors in Southeast Texas and South Louisiana will help do their part as well,” says Prijatel.

The blood center says they will be collecting blood when it is safe to do so. Some donors will be operating on a modified schedule.

Any changes can be seen in real-time on Lifeshare’s website or on their donor app.

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