Press Release: Oneblood
(Orlando, FL June 6, 2013) Tropical Storm Andrea moving through the Gulf serves as a reminder that storms and hurricanes can greatly impact the area’s blood supply. WCTV Channel 6 and Oneblood, the local blood center, are urging all residents to include blood donation as part of storm preparations. The hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November 30th can greatly affect the blood supply when storms or hurricanes shut down blood center operations or affect the number of blood donations.
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WCTV Channel 6 Studios
(Mobile bus outside)
1801 Halstead Boulevard
OneBlood must keep local hospitals supplied with life-supporting blood during and after the storm. All blood types can be affected and are needed at all times to be prepared before a storm hits. O negative, the universal blood type, can be the most critical blood type when supplies run low. It is used for all types of transfusions including the treatment of trauma patients and premature babies. Residents are strongly urged to donate before and after a storm moves through the area in order insure a strong blood supply.
All donors receive a wellness check-up including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and a cholesterol screening each time they give blood. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For more information about donating blood, center locations and hours, go to www.oneblood.org