With Hurricane Harvey looming along the Texas coast, Baylor Scott & White's Blood Center in Temple urged Central Texas residents Friday to donate blood in order to have enough on hand to respond to any urgent injuries after the storm makes landfall this weekend.
As the hurricane grows nearer, medical officials said they might extend the donation center's hours later Friday and possibly into Saturday. The center normally closes at 4 p.m. Friday and is typically totally shut down Saturday; but that is all subject to change with the hurricane approaching.
Dozens of people stopped by Scott & White's blood center Friday to help the hospital prepare. Many of the donors, including Brena Tschoerner, mentioned Hurricane Harvey as a reason for donating.
"It's important to give so that there is enough blood for anyone that is injured so that the hospitals will be able to replace their blood if need be," Tschoerner said.
Tschoerner's donation, along with all the others, should help cover the expected demand for blood, according to Scott & White's Christopher Martin.
"We have a hurricane on the gulf and it's one of the times blood demand is extremely high and it's one of the times supply is usually low," Martin said.
Potential donors were told to call the blood center in advance at 254-724-2430 to make an appointment, which would expedite the donation process. You may also book an appointment online by clicking here.
Nationwide, roughly 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate their blood. However, a mere 5 percent actually does so, according to Baylor Scott & White. The American Red Cross said every two seconds somebody in the U.S. needs blood.
Texas has not had a hurricane since 2008 when Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston. The Category Four hurricane caused dozens of deaths.
There will be other blood drive donations coming up to help with relief efforts as well:
National Vendor Inc.
1754 Bagdad Rd, Cedar Park, Texas
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center -- Round Rock
300 University Blvd., Round Rock, Texas
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scott & White Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic
5353 Williams Dr., Georgetown, Texas
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center -- Taylor
305 Mallard Lane, Taylor, Texas
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Scott & White McLane Children's Clinic -- West Temple
6684 W. Adams Ave., Temple, Texas
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Llano County Courthouse
801 Ford Street. Llano, Texas
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Baylor Scott & White Specialty Clinic -- Marble Falls
800 W Highway 71, Marble Falls, Texas
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Taylor Rotary Club at Taylor Temple College
516 N. Main Street Taylor, Texas
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Westview Manor Nursing Home & Visiting Angels
414 Johnson Dr., McGregor, Texas
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Baitul Muqueet Mosque (Muslims for Life Blood Drive)
800 Deepwood Drive, Round Rock, Texas
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For the latest weather conditions impacting Central Texas, click here. Track Hurricane Harvey live on radar by clicking here. You can also find the most up to the minute weather conditions by downloading the KCEN 6 app, which is available in both the iOS and Android stores.