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Alaska Patients Need Donors to Give Despite Windstorm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska windstorm has disrupted Blood Bank of Alaska and Anchorage’s regular schedule, but blood donors should still take the time to donate. Alaska patients are in critical need for O Positive and O Negative blood types. Type O Positive and O Negative blood donors should come donate as soon as possible.

“Patients still need donors to come in despite the outages and closures,” said Blood Bank of Alaska Director of Operations Roy Allen. Blood Bank of Alaska Anchorage centers are open regular hours today. Anchorage Main Center, 4000 Laurel Street, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m

Today’s blood drive at the Municipality of Anchorage, Department of Public Works is still happening, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Sept. 5, 4700 Elmore Road. The JBER blood drive at Elmendorf Alcom today has been canceled. Call (907) 222-5630 to reschedule your appointment.

Yesterday’s windstorm is a good reminder to be ready for disasters. September is Emergency Preparedness Month. One of the best ways to prepare the blood supply for a natural disaster is to become a regular blood donor. Donating on a regular basis will help make sure that there will be enough blood for both everyday needs and the unexpected.

“The best defense in the event of a disaster is to have an adequate blood supply on hand—a strong base to get us through initial disaster. You can prepare for emergencies by donating, encouraging others to donate and organizing a blood drive,” said Blood Bank of Alaska’s Chief Operating Officer and Incident Commander Margaret Baker. “Alaska patients count on local blood donors.”

Blood Bank of Alaska will attend the Municipality of Anchorage’s Safe and Sound Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sept. 8 as part of Emergency Preparedness Month.

WHAT:            Safe and Sound Emergency Preparedness Fair Blood Drive

WHO:           Blood Bank of Alaska and other organizations help the community prepare to be a hero

WHEN:           11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

WHERE:         Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street

CONTACT:      Call 222-5630 to check eligibility and schedule to donate blood.

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