BATON ROUGE, LA — United Blood Services is calling on area residents to help shore up the blood supply in preparation for Hurricane Isaac.
“As we see time and time again, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives when disaster strikes,” said LeaAnn Teague, Center Director with United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood service provider.
The UBS donor center at 8234 One Calais Ave. will be open until 4 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“If you have an appointment to donate in the coming days, please keep it,” Teague said. Those who have an hour or so to spare may call (225) 769-7233 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make an appointment to give.
“We don’t know where the hurricane will hit. It’s best to be prepared,” Teague said.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors receive a free cholesterol test.
United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1953, and serves patients in more than 40 healthcare facilities in south Louisiana. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.