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Local blood drives set after Hurricane Sandy

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The American Red Cross will host four blood drives in DeKalb County within the next couple of weeks to help with the drop in blood supply caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Red Cross spokesman Ben Corey said the organization is short 12,000 blood and platelet donations, a number officials expect to rise as power outages and flooding persist on the East Coast.

“We’re really trying to replenish the national blood supply,” said Corey, adding that the American Red Cross makes up about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.

According to the American Red Cross’ national chapter, Hurricane Sandy disrupted 300 blood drives in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Corey said donated blood was shifted to the East Coast in anticipation for the powerful storm.

However, the blood drives – which are scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Nov. 12 at the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University and Nov. 14 at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb – are not specifically going to storm victims, Corey said.

Corey said the blood donated will follow the organization’s standard procedures.

“We have the potential to move it across the east as needed,” Corey said.

Ann McKanna, the vice president of marketing at Heartland Blood Centers, said they do not have anything set up for Hurricane Sandy as the storm did not cause a lot of injuries that required blood transfusions. McKanna said the organization made offers to do so, but local offices said they have no needs.

For information on donating blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

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