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Oklahoma Blood Institute: Supplies very low, donations needed after winter storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Blood Institute has issued a blood emergency across the state.

OBI said many schools and businesses have cancelled blood drives because of the weather yet the need continues.

“The need for donation is constant, since blood has a limited time for use,” John Armitage said, M.D., president and CEO.

Authorities said donors with OBI provide every drop of blood for patients in more than 140 medical facilities throughout the state of Oklahoma, including all metro-area hospitals.

OBI encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, who are able to safely travel to donate blood soon.

“Dangerous weather conditions create a situation where the statewide demand for blood strains our supply and makes it difficult for our regular donors to travel,” Armitage said. “We’re urging Oklahomans to show their community spirit and get out and donate blood when possible.”

Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America.