Urgent need for blood donors

Urgent need for blood donors United Blood Services has issued an urgent request for blood types O-negative and B-positive, due to heavy usage in the last 24 hours in the Rapid City area.

"Sturgis Rally-related traffic crashes have unfortunately taken a toll on available blood supplies," saide Kristi Turman, South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) director. "Blood supplies are very close to being depleted."

According to OEM western regional coordinator Randy Smith, OEM's mission is to support the many agencies impacted by the rally.

"We are assisting United Blood Services with disseminating this critical request for life saving blood," said Smith, "and are asking that anyone able to donate blood in the next couple of hours to please do so."

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