Stony Brook University announced Tuesday morning that it will be holding an emergency blood drive between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
"Blood donations are in great demand since all blood drives for the past few days have been cancelled due to the blizzard," the University said in its announcement.
For a campus map showing the location of the Student Activities Center, click here. The University re-opened for classes Tuesday. One graduate student on campus reported that Stony Brook did a terrific job of plowing its roads and keeping its facilities open during the blizzard.
Sue Lingenfelter, business development manager for Long Island Blood Services, said the drive at Stony Brook was actually a regularly scheduled one, but that it has now been deemed an emergency drive because the area is experiencing a blood emergency. She said 14 drives were canceled on Long Island between Saturday and Monday and donor centers were closed, which put the organization at a loss of 600 pints of blood. She said the organization needs to collect enough blood throughout the New York City metropolitan area to supply a combined 800 pints of blood per day to area hospitals.
"When these storms happen and blood drives get canceled ... it almost immediately puts us in the negative," she said. "The next challenge is rescheduling the drives that got canceled."