Do you have type O-negative blood? Your help is needed right away.
The Central California Blood Center says its supply of O-negative blood has dropped to a critical level -- just 14% of needed inventory.
"Recent storms have caused emergency room usage to climb," said Dean Eller, President and CEO of the Central California Blood Center. "Therefore, we are asking new and returning donors to take an hour and help save someone's life."
Even if you don't have O-negative blood, officials are asking anyone who can donate to please do so. O-negative is the universal blood type which can be given to all patients in emergency situations.
Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Photo ID and Social Security number are required at donor registration.