Blood Centers Help Hurricane Victims
Even before Hurricane Ian hit Florida today (wed), local residents were helping possible victims. On Tuesday, Quad Cities based Impact LIfe, and other blood centers across the country, sent a shipment of blood to hospitals in the path of the storm.
Impact Life spokesman Kirby Winn.
"But it was very important to get that on its way and really in place before the storm hit, because then there's this period of time when travel and shipments and deliveries just aren't possible."
And he expects they'll receive many more requests for help once the storm ends.
"Even as residents might evacuate a region, hospitals generally don't evacuate, and so patient care continues and the need for blood continues."
In addition to the damage and injuries they cause, hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, and other disasters also reduce blood donations.
ImpactLife provides blood services to 124 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, extending from south central Wisconsin to St. Louis, and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa.