DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The ongoing blood shortage worsened this week as life south community blood center faced an emergency need for all blood types.

If we get into that one-day mode and one bad thing that we didn’t plan on happens actually happens that one day goes away really quick so a lot of times it’s based on what we have available.

LifeSouth is the blood contractor provider for the two hospitals in the area. Although they have seen more people trickling in to donate, the need has shifted back to critical — a level they are familiar with since the pandemic.

“We have seen that usage go up through the course of the pandemic because we had so many people hospitalized on top of other normal traumas,” Mielke said.

The usage also increases during the summer months when donations tend to slow down but more accidents happen like firework accidents, boating, and car accidents.

Nick Mielke, LifeSouth’s Regional Director said that’s why they hold more blood drives than usual — and most of them come with incentives to get you to save a life.

“The one thing you can do to impact your community is make a donation, it can save potentially three lives you got platelets, plasma, and red blood cells,” He said.