Weather blamed for state’s low blood supply

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There has been no shortage of snow during the 2013-2014 winter season across Indiana and because of that, a low blood supply has been reported.

The Indiana Blood Center blamed bad weather for the cancellation of dozens of blood drives or low donor turnout during inconvenient conditions.

Ahead of the winter storm predicted on Sunday, the center canceled all mobile blood drives scheduled for Monday.

The organization encouraged new or irregular donors to schedule an appointment.

“Donating blood is really a simple process and something that has an immediate impact,” Lucy Wehking with Indiana Blood Center said. “All of the blood collected through Indiana Blood Center is tested within that day and ready for distribution that following day.”

The Indiana Blood Center needs to see an average of 550 daily donors in order to stock 60 hospitals across the state.

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