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Blood institute declares ‘blood emergency’ for Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Blood Institute has declared a ‘blood emergency’ across the state as its supply has reached a less than one-day supply.

As of Monday, the OBI says that they are in dire need of blood donations.

“The need for blood is constant, since blood has a limited time for use,” President and CEO of the company, John Armitage, M.D. says.

Last week, they say they saw almost 140 fewer donors a day than usual.

Officials say they haven’t had a shortage like this since last February’s big snow storm.

“Schools and businesses just weren’t able to go those days and then people were very limited on their access to the roads to get out. We don’t have that problem right now in Oklahoma, we just need people to step up,” said Leslie Gamble, spokesperson for the OBI.

OBI encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, to make blood donations their gift to those who cannot live without.

According to OBI, donations typically take about an hour and can be made every 56 days.

Oklahoma Blood Institute donation centers can be found at the following locations:

A    Ada,1930 Stonecipher Blvd. Lawton, 211 S.W. A Ave.
Ardmore, 1420 Veterans Blvd. Norman, 1004 24th Ave. N.W., Ste. 101
Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd. North OKC, 5105 N. Portland Ave.
Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Ste. 300 Tulsa, 4601 E. 81st St.
Enid, 301 E. Cherokee

Check obi.org for hours of operation.

Appointments are not required but are urged to avoid delays. Appointments can be made online or by calling 877-340-8777.

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