More than 300 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 14 states because of Hurricane Sandy. The cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations, an Arkansas spokesman said in a news release Tuesday. Blood is needed and eligible donors are asked to give.

More than 300 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 14 states because of Hurricane Sandy. The cancellations resulted in a shortfall of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations, an Arkansas spokesman said in a news release Tuesday. Blood is needed and eligible donors are asked to give.

Blood Drives in Southeast Arkansas include:

Arkansas County

Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in Stuttgart.

Nov. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church in Stuttgart.

Bradley County

Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hermitage Community Center in Hermitage.

Dallas County

Nov. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce.

Jefferson County

Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd Ave., in Pine Bluff.

Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd Ave., in Pine Bluff.

Lincoln County

Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Star City.

Impact

The shortfall of blood donations is expected to expand in the aftermath of the storm.

“Just as Red Cross volunteers have mobilized to provide disaster relief and other emergency assistance, we are mobilizing blood and platelets donations to ensure patients have access to the potentially lifesaving blood products they need,” said Michele Wright, CEO, of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Region. “When you donate blood or platelets through the Red Cross, you can help patients in your local community and patients across the country, including those in Hurricane Sandy’s path.”

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Offering help

The Red Cross has mobilized disaster volunteers and is providing shelter from Hurricane Sandy to thousands of people in the storm’s path. The Red Cross is working closely with federal, state and local government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.

To help people affected by disasters like this, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, donations may be made to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance. Contributions may be sent to a local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. Details: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit redcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.