Hurricane Irene Cancels Blood Drives Across East Coast - Blood Donors Needed Now

August 29, 2011

Blood donations Needed in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Red Cross Urges You to Give Blood and Platelets



Disasters, like Hurricane Irene, are unpredictable.


Last week, the Red Cross moved blood products to areas predicted to be in the path of Hurricane Irene.  These products were used to treat patients before, during and after the storm.  Thank you to everyone who donated ahead of the storm.  Your blood donations are helping to save lives this week. 


However, the need for blood remains constant.


You can make a difference in the aftermath of the storm by donating blood in the coming days and weeks.  Your donations can help make up for the blood that went uncollected due to blood drive cancellations across the east coast.


Right now, there is an immediate need for blood platelets.  Platelets are the fragile cells that control bleeding and can be used by cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy.  Platelets have a shelf-life of just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.


Locally, donations can be made at any Red Cross blood center or mobile.  Call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or find the closest blood drive to your location.



Your blood donation will help boost the Labor Day weekend blood supply, as well.  In fact, it could give your gas tank a boost.  Anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross Sept. 2-7 (Friday-Wednesday) is automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at