Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible.
With blood drives cancelled for multiple days due to dangerous widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, all blood collection agencies in the U.S. are making every effort to meet the emergency blood needs of patients and ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas. It is important for blood donors to give in the coming days and weeks to meet the immediate and future needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. If donations are negatively impacted, the long-term needs of patients could be affected.