Activations

When disaster strikes, the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps responds.

In response to the devastating tornadoes that struck several midwestern and southern states, BERC activated to send blood products to ensure Blood Assurance in Chattanooga, TN, had access to a needed blood supply. On-call responding blood centers: The Community Blood Center, SunCoast Blood Centers, Carter BloodCare, and The Blood Connection.

On-call BERC shipped boxes of red blood cells for trauma care to the eight remaining victims of a school shooting in Oxford, MI, after a request from Versiti-Michigan, the blood supplier serving the local area. On-call responding blood centers: Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, Coastal Bend Blood Center, Oklahoma Blood Institute.

A mass shooting at a grocery store in Memphis, TN produced an urgent need for extra pints of blood to care for the 12 surviving victims who were rushed to hospitals after the assault. Answering a call from Vitalant, a blood supplier serving the local area, BERC raced to ship boxes of red blood cells for trauma care. Read more. On-call responding blood centers: Houchin Community Blood Bank, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, We Are Blood.