POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 11:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 11:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — UPDATE: Due to expected weather conditions - ALL United Blood Services Louisiana Donor Centers will be closed Thursday, August 30.
There is an urgent need of all blood types and platelet donations when the Baton Rouge and Lafayette Donor Centers re-open on Friday.
In order to ensure an adequate blood supply is available with the upcoming Labor Day weekend, all eligible donors are asked to donate.
United Blood Services will resume operation with extended hours of operation on Friday, August 30 as follows:
Lafayette Donor Center, 1503 Bertrand Drive - 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Baton Rouge Donor Center, Essen at I10 - 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
If donors would like to schedule an appointment to donate, sign up online @ www.bloodhero.com .
ORIGINAL: United Blood Services is calling on area residents to help shore up the blood supply in preparation for Hurricane Isaac.
“As we see time and time again, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives when disaster strikes,” said LeaAnn Teague, Center Director with United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood service provider.
The UBS donor center at 8234 One Calais Ave. will be open until 4 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“If you have an appointment to donate in the coming days, please keep it,” Teague said. Those who have an hour or so to spare may call (225) 769-7233 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org  to make an appointment to give.
“We don’t know where the hurricane will hit. It’s best to be prepared,” Teague said.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors receive a free cholesterol test.
United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1953, and serves patients in more than 40 healthcare facilities in south Louisiana. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.