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OneBlood hosts blood donation, hurricane preparedness event

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 18:39:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The need for blood does not stop, even in the middle of a pandemic.

On Wednesday, OneBlood is partnering with Florida Blue for a blood donation and hurricane preparedness event.

Susan Forbes, the senior vice president of communications at OneBlood says hurricane season heightens the need for even more blood donations.

“We need a steady blood supply before, during and after the hurricane," said Forbes. "We need to make sure that blood is constantly available. Even when a hurricane is hitting there are still patients in the hospital who need blood. So we have to have it there in advance of a hurricane arriving. We want to make sure that people know that by donating every time you’re eligible you’re helping ensure that ready blood supply for the community.”

The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

The address is 2116 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Florida.

Registration is required prior to being able to donate. Click here to register.

OneBlood is also looking for people who've recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma.

“Please contact one blood so that you could see if you’re eligible to be a convalescent plasma donor,” said Forbes. “Convalescent plasma is something that hospitals are using on a regular basis to help treat coronavirus patients.”

If you’re wondering if you had coronavirus and were asymptomatic, OneBlood is testing all donations for the coronavirus anti-body.

They started that process a few weeks ago and plan to continue for the foreseeable future.

Attendees of this event will also get tips from the experts on how to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane season.