Lake Charles, La., November 16, 2015— LifeShare’s Lake Charles location recently began flood wall construction with an expected completion date of March 2015. The center will remain open during its regular hours for the duration of the construction.
After the devastating effects of Hurricanes Rita and Ike closed the blood center for nine months and five months respectively, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deemed a flood wall around the perimeter of the blood center property necessary to protect it from future flooding. The wall protects the blood center, its contents and equipment allowing immediate access to services once the flood waters recede. Immediately reinstating local services means blood deliveries for patients can be made in a timely, cost effective manner and residents can give locally to help support the community’s supply.
LifeShare is asking regular and new blood donors to come in center to give blood as the blood center continues to provide approximately 500 units of donated blood to local patients every month. Donors and visitors may follow the signs guiding them to the designated entrances. Parking is currently still in the front of the building.
“We would like to extend special thanks to our major contributors to the flood wall project: FEMA & Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ronnie Johns, House Speaker Rep. Chuck Kleckley, The SWLA Legislative Delegation, Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, Alcoa Foundation Employee Engagement Fund and Thomas & Mayme Scott Foundation,” shared Daphne Young, Director of Development.
For more information, go to www.lifeshare.org or call 337-436-4932.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.
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