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Local Fire Departments to Host Blood Drives Today

The New York Blood Center's supply is depleted after Hurricane Irene.

Both the and Fire Departments will be hosting blood drives today.

The Briarcliff Manor blood drive is being held at fire headquarters (1111 Pleasantville Rd.) between 3 and 7 p.m. You can make an appointment online here or just show up.

The is at the Washington Avenue fire headquarters. Appointments are available for anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; walk-ins are also accepted.

According to the New York Blood Center (NYBC), thousands of units of blood were lost from shutdowns and power outages following Hurricane Irene on Sunday.

"We anticipated the potential effects of Irene, and delivered extra blood in advance to our 200 partner hospitals," said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis in a statement. "Our first priority remains getting them whatever they need for the care of trauma and cancer patients."

According to NYBC, the shelf life of platelets is five days and the shelf life of red blood cells if 42 days.

"With Labor Day right around the corner, we're between a rock and a hard place," Purvis stated. "We need the help of our communities to replenish the blood supply."

According to Purvis, "We faced a similar situation after the Christmas Blizzard and January's constant snowstorms, when cancellations meant the loss of 8,000 units of blood. Our neighbors came through for hospital patients then, and replenished the blood supply. We need them to step up again, and schedule an appointment to donate life-saving blood."

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