August 3 Shootings

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (August 5, 2019) — In the wake of senseless and horrific mass shootings this weekend, LifeServe Blood Center is reminding blood donors that having a stable community blood supply is critical at all times.

Following mass casualty events it’s not uncommon to see images and video of generous community members lining up to give blood. That knee jerk reaction to give back through blood donation is a great thing – but it may be coming too late. When tragedy strikes, it’s blood already on the shelf that immediately helps victims. 

Donated blood takes more than 24 hours to go through the federally mandated testing process before it’s ready for transfusion. That’s why it’s vital to have a strong community blood supply on hand at all times. There’s no way to tell when tragedy will strike and massive amounts of blood will be needed.

Local blood donors have reached out to see if they can help shooting victims in El Paso, Texas or Dayton, Ohio. The blood centers in those communities are not currently asking for outside help, but LifeServe is standing by in case that changes.

“We haven’t received a call to assist blood centers in El Paso, Texas or Dayton, Ohio,” said Danielle West, PR and Marketing Manager for LifeServe Blood Center. “As long as our local hospital partners’ needs are fulfilled, LifeServe is always ready and willing to assist and send blood where it’s critically needed.”

LifeServe Blood Center belongs to several nationwide collaborative blood collection organizations, including the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the Blood Centers of America (BCA). These groups act as one big network in times of need. For example, during hurricanes when southern states weren’t able to collect blood, unaffected states sent their surplus blood to affected areas. The same system is in place for other catastrophes – man made or otherwise.