Urgent Need For Blood Donations Following Jail Explosion

By: OneBlood Email
By: OneBlood Email
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Updated By: Julie Montanaro
May 1, 2014

Folks are being asked to roll up their sleeves and donate blood in the wake of that explosion.

One Blood in Tallahassee is putting out a call for donors of all blood types.

Flooding from this week's storms prompted many businesses and schools in Pensacola to cancel blood drives ... just as that explosion rocked the jail and sent dozens of injured to the hospital.

"When a trauma happens like that, we have to react really quickly to make sure that the hospitals that are affected have the inventory that they need," said Michael Stiles, OneBlood.

"You don't think of the little things that you are capable of doing. and having O negative, which is universal, will help and you know, that's awesome," said Kianna Woolington, blood donor.

One Blood is asking folks with all blood types to donate, but especially o-negative donors like Kianna Woolington.

You can find a donation center near you by checking the One Blood web site:www.oneblood.org .

News Release: OneBlood
May 1, 2014

An explosion at a jail in the Panhandle has injured hundreds of people, including officers. Local hospitals are calling for additional blood to treat the injured and OneBlood is urging all eligible donors to please donate as soon as possible.

To add to the situation, severe storms and flooding in the Panhandle are making blood collections difficult in parts of North Florida and the blood center has had to suspend some of its operations in that area.

To help off-set the impact from the severe weather, the blood center is calling on all donors living in areas not impacted by the hazardous weather to please donate as soon as possible to help ensure the local supply remains strong in the Panhandle and throughout the state.

While all blood types are needed, people with Rh negative type blood are in the highest demand. In addition, platelets donors are also greatly needed.

Every two seconds someone needs blood. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit www.oneblood.org.

News Release: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

PENSACOLA, FL – The National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Tampa Field Division are working the investigation of an explosion at the Escambia County Jail, Central Booking Building, 1200 W. Leonard Street, Pensacola, FL, that occurred April 30th, 2014, at the request of the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office.

ATF National Response Team (NRT) will bring expertise and an array of state-of-the-art equipment to the investigation. Three regional components, organized geographically to cover the United States, comprise the NRT. The team can respond within 24 hours to assist state and local law enforcement or fire service personnel in onsite investigations.

The responding NRT component normally has 13-18 members, including veteran special agents who have post-blast and fire origin-and-cause expertise; forensic chemists; explosives enforcement officers; fire protection engineers; accelerant detection canines; explosives detection canines; and intelligence, computer forensic and audit support. A fleet of fully equipped response vehicles strategically located throughout the United States provides logistical support.

ATF partnership with federal, state and local officers is vital to the most effective processing efforts at an explosives or fire scene. The NRT capitalizes on that by working alongside its partners in reconstructing the scene, identifying the seat of the blast or the origin of the fire, conducting interviews and sifting through debris to obtain evidence related to the explosion or fire.

In addition to investigating hundreds of large fire and explosives scenes, the NRT has been deployed for the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the Olympics and other major sporting events in the United States, presidential inaugurations and the national political conventions; and major international conferences.

The NRT has been activated to over 700 incidents since the program began in 1978.

For more information on ATF and its programs go to www.atf.gov.

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