Blood donations not needed for Oklahoma tornado victims


The San Diego Blood Bank reports that blood donations are not needed for Oklahoma tornado victims.

“We have been in touch with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the primary blood provider to the affected area, and we received the following statement, ‘Please thank everyone for the offers of support, but at this point blood usage has not been significant enough to warrant the importing of blood products. The hospitals were adequately stocked prior to the tornado and demand hasn’t increased significantly.’”

Keeping the blood supply at adequate levels throughout the year is the best protection for patients when disaster strikes. The San Diego Blood Bank encourages donors to give on a regular basis to avert a crisis during emergencies, such as the Oklahoma tornado.

However, The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Save the Children are accepting monetary donations for disaster relief after the tornado that killed 24, including nine children.

Donate to the American Red Cross online at

; the Salvation Army at

; and Save the Children at

In San Diego, the Jewish Federation of San Diego County has launched a relief fund to gather aid. One hundred percent of funds donated will go to the local Federation and its relief efforts on the ground.

To donate online to the fund, visit

  1. To mail your donation, please address it to the Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, care of:

Jewish Federation of San Diego County
4950 Murphy Canyon Drive

San Diego, CA 92123