The Blood Center joins the country’s first emergency blood supply



The Blood Center joins the country’s first emergency blood supply

The Blood Center joins the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps, preparing supplies for the mass transfusion event this weekend in the central United States

The Blood Center (TBC) is joining the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC), preparing supplies due to the mass transfusion event this weekend in the central United States. Donors are welcome to help our neighbors and local patients. Faced with an increasingly unstable blood supply, TBC helped found the country’s first partnership, BERC, preparing for emergencies like this one, when and where blood needs are high. BERC is made up of blood centers across the country that have committed to collecting additional units of blood on a rotating “on call” schedule. Additional blood products will be kept in reserve for any critical need scenario, such as a mass shooting or natural disaster. “We don’t have to start meeting blood needs with BERC until mid-January,” said Paul Adams, director of public relations for the Blood Center. “But the need for blood cannot wait. And when our neighbors need help, we must help them recover. Recent events like the Michigan school shooting (4 victims) and tornadoes in the Midwest (over 70 victims) are a grim reminder that blood donation is needed before an emergency. BERC is providing Louisiana and our partner states with a ready-to-use blood supply to fill gaps in our disaster response fabric. Blood centers across the country have faced widespread blood shortages in recent months, creating a tightly-knit national safety net for mass trauma and other high-casualties. As the state’s primary blood supplier, the Blood Center has helped BERC be proactive in its contingency planning, rather than relying on an increasingly volatile relief supply plan. In the face of a mass need event, Adams said, blood centers across the country have relied on patchwork pleas for additional blood resources. States that had extra blood on hand could send in units, but there was nothing a blood center could count on other than indefinite goodwill. With BERC, partner blood centers will know exactly how much emergency blood is available and where it will come from. To donate blood, donors can make an appointment at TheBloodCenter.org or call 800-86-BLOOD.

The Blood Center (TBC) is joining the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC), preparing supplies due to the mass transfusion event this weekend in the central United States. Donors are welcome to help our neighbors and local patients. Faced with an increasingly unstable blood supply, TBC helped found the country’s first partnership, BERC, preparing for emergencies like this one, when and where blood needs are high.

BERC is made up of blood centers across the country that have committed to collecting additional units of blood on a rotating “on call” schedule. Additional blood products will be kept in reserve for any critical need scenario, such as a mass shooting or natural disaster.

“We don’t have to start meeting blood needs with BERC until mid-January,” said Paul Adams, director of public relations for the Blood Center. “But the need for blood cannot wait. And when our neighbors need help, we must help them recover. Recent events like the Michigan school shooting (4 victims) and tornadoes in the Midwest (over 70 victims) are a grim reminder that blood donation is needed before an emergency. BERC is providing Louisiana and our partner states with a ready-to-use blood supply to fill gaps in our disaster response fabric.

Blood centers across the country have faced widespread blood shortages in recent months, creating a tightly-knit national safety net for mass trauma and other high-casualties. As the state’s primary blood supplier, the Blood Center has helped BERC be proactive in its contingency planning, rather than relying on an increasingly volatile relief supply plan.

In the face of a mass need event, Adams said, blood centers across the country have relied on patchwork pleas for additional blood resources. States that had extra blood on hand could send in units, but there was nothing a blood center could count on other than indefinite goodwill. With BERC, partner blood centers will know exactly how much emergency blood is available and where it will come from.

To donate blood, donors can make an appointment at TheBloodCenter.org or call 800-86-BLOOD.


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