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Oklahoma Blood Institute Encourages Donating Before Storm Arrives
January 28, 2011

Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages everyone to make blood donation a part of their winter storm preparedness plan.  With predictions of weather that may make travel difficult next week, donation before a storm arrives is important.  Oklahoma Blood Institute suggests anyone, who is generally healthy and 16 years old or older, give today, Saturday or Monday at a donor center or mobile blood drive.

The Blood Institute’s current supply of blood for the 150 Oklahoma hospitals it serves is adequate.  However, with the typical blood inventory ranging from three to five days for use, every day’s donations count.  

“It only takes a day or two of inclement weather for us to see significant reductions in our blood supply. When this occurs, donors can’t come to our centers, and many blood drives being cancelled, said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO.  “But the needs of patients - young and old - in our hospitals continues.”

“We believe that donating blood, especially when a storm is predicted, should go hand-in-hand with filling up the car’s gas tank, taking care of pipes that might freeze and loading up on bags of ice melt,” said Dr. Armitage.

Saturday and Monday’s donor center hours are below.

Saturday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Jan. 31

Oklahoma City Metro Area:

Central OKC Center, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon., 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Ste. 300
Sat., 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Mon., 7:30 a.m. -6p.m.

Norman, 1004 24th Ave. N.W., Ste.101
Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon., 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

North OKC, 5105 N. Portland
Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon., 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Other Donor Centers Across Oklahoma:

Ada, 1930 Stonecipher Blvd.
Sat., 8 a.m. - noon
Mon., 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ardmore, 1420 Veterans Blvd.
Mon., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enid, 301 E. Cherokee
Sat., 8 a.m. – noon
Mon., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lawton, 211 S.W. A Ave.
Sat., 8 a.m. - noon
Mon., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ponca City, 518 N. 14th St.
Mon. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tulsa, 4601 E. 81st St.
Sat., 8 a.m. - noon
Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.