The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donations, asking those eligible to donate as soon as possible.
According to the Red Cross, someone in the United States is in need of blood every two seconds. Currently, the Red Cross has less than a five-day supply of blood on hand.
It is the first time in eight years that the Red Cross has issued an emergency donation request.
Eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting the Red Cross online or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Individuals who are 17 years of age or 16 with parental consent in most states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.