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Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center supports blood supply in region impacted by Hurricane Florence
Davenport, Iowa – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is participating in a national response to supply blood providers in the region affected by Hurricane Florence. Additional donations are needed to maintain the blood supply for local hospitals and to continue to support the hurricane region. For information on local Donor Centers and mobile blood drives, call (800) 747-5401 or see www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
Widespread damage from the massive storm impacting North and South Carolina has disrupted millions of lives. Included in the disruption is widespread cancellation of blood collection operations, meaning the blood supply in the affected region has decreased significantly. MVRBC, provider to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, responded to a request from a blood provider in the Carolinas earlier this week, shipping blood components to the region prior to the storm making landfall. The Blood Center anticipates receiving additional requests for support as the storm makes landfall and its impact is understood.
“Donors in the affected region are largely unable to give blood in the days leading up to the hurricane, and of course once the storm hits, because they are either making preparations to evacuate or shelter in place,” said Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations for MVRBC. “However, most patient care at hospitals continues at the same rate as before. We are glad to join other blood providers around the country in responding to the need for blood components in the southeast.”
MVRBC does not ship blood components outside of the local region at the expense of the local blood supply, so the Blood Center is now appealing to donors to make appointments this week and next to maintain a strong blood supply for local needs and to respond to any requests from the region being impacted by Hurricane Florence. To find nearby opportunities to give blood, please call (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use MVRBC’s mobile app, available for Apple iOS and Android phones at www.bloodcenter.org/app.
Contact: Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations: (563) 349-1571 or firstname.lastname@example.org