The deadly tornadoes that ripped through Alabama on Wednesday have also had a severe impact on the state's blood supply.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, the largest supplier of blood in Alabama, will be holding blood drives to address the current shortage, including drives in Tuscaloosa, which was hardest hit by the catastrophe.
"With so many people killed and injured, the need for blood is both great and widespread," said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles. "Anyone who can donate blood needs to please come forward. It's one important way to reach out and help."