Jessica VallejoJun 18, 2018, 8:37 pmJun 19, 2018, 3:15 pm

Lawmakers, health officials ask for blood donations as tri-state faces shortage

The New York Blood Center says that if there was a mass casualty event, hospitals in the region might not have enough blood to help victims


ELMSFORD — The New York Blood Center considers a seven-day inventory of all blood types as a safe amount of blood supply to have. However, the NYBC is currently beneath that threshold, leading to concerns over whether or not hospitals in the tri-state area would have enough blood to deal with a mass-casualty event.

In response, state Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee joined with the NYBC to call on people to donate blood at an upcoming emergency blood drive on June 28 at the Nanuet Library, from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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