Hurricane preparations can include more than an evacuation plan or a list of supplies to stock up on in advance of the storm. Blood donors can help the state prepare for the impact of the storm by amping up the blood supply. With school closings and heavy rain and wind predicted in South Alabama, and possible evacuations in some coastal areas, it's important to build the blood supplies at hospitals across the state before Isaac comes ashore.
LifeSouth says all blood types are needed. LifeSouth and its donors are the largest supplier of blood to hospitals in Alabama. Donating in advance not only builds the supplies at the hospital, it assures that blood will be available to help if the storm causes any injuries to people in the community.
Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission. You must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed. Call LifeSouth's toll-free number, 1-888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org to find the closest blood drive or location near you.
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