published Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chattanooga: Blood Assurance seeks donors in response to weather

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Officials with Blood Assurance are calling for blood donations as a result of the severe weather throughout the area, a news release stated.

The local agency has initiated its disaster relief plan in response to the impending weather.

Blood donations are needed because some blood drives were cancelled, the release stated.

Blood Assurance, the only source of blood components for all area hospitals, is facing shortages due to previous increased blood usage, officials said.

On Saturday, the following donor centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

Chattanooga (downtown, East Brainerd and Erlanger)

Cleveland, Tenn.

Cookeville, Tenn.

Dalton, Ga.

Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Hixson, Tenn.

Rome, Ga.

Blood Assurance states:

A blood drive previously scheduled for today at First Baptist Church in Benton, Tenn., has been rescheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Another bloodmobile will be at the Walmart in Calhoun, Ga. on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On Monday, the Lowe’s in Cookeville, Tenn., will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Also on Monday, Jones Management in Cleveland, Tenn., will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 All 11 donor centers will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. All donors will be registered to win a weather radio. For more information or directions to your nearest donor center, please visit www.bloodassurance.org.

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