The Oklahoma Blood Institute has issued an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Oklahoma Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the blood supply.
Oklahoma Blood Institute said it has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas impacted by flooding and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week. OBI said this can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals. Oklahoma Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.
Donors can give blood at one of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s nine convenient donor center locations or at any mobile blood drive. Donor center locations are as follows:
Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
North OKC, 5105 N. Portland Ave.
Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Suite 300
Norman, 1004 24th Ave., N.W., Suite 101
Ada, 1930 Stonecipher Blvd.
Ardmore, 1420 Veterans Blvd.
Enid, 301 E. Cherokee
Lawton, 211 SW “A” Ave.
Tulsa, 4601 E. 81st St.