News Releases

NEW GENERATOR DONATED TO HELP SUSTAIN LOCAL BLOOD SUPPLY

Monroe, La., July 26, 2017 — Officials from Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), Ouachita Parish Police Jury, and the City of Monroe joined LifeShare Blood Center today to announce the installation of a new 125kw diesel generator. The new generator has the capacity to supply electricity to the entire facility, which is vitally important during times of prolonged outages, which typically occur after damaging storms.

The Ouachita Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness approved funding for the generator project along with support from state, parish, and local authorities. Wye Electric of West Monroe was awarded the project and completed the installation without disruption to LifeShare’s operations.

In recent years, power outages have occurred due to flooding, tornadoes, ice storms and hurricanes. Several hundred blood donations are needed each week to support patient needs. If electrical outages halt donations, it can quickly impact the blood supply and subsequently the medical care for local patients. The new generator will help to ensure LifeShare’s ability to continue operations at the facility by powering blood collection machines, maintaining FDA regulated temperatures for storage,  and other necessary tasks.

“Previously, a smaller generator kept only our blood storage refrigerators and freezers running. The new, larger generator powers the entire LifeShare facility and all of its equipment so we can remain fully operational,” according to Jorge Garcia, Director of Property and Fleet for LifeShare.

For more information, go to www.lifeshare.org or call 318-322-4445.

LifeShare Blood Center 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.


# # #