Kentucky serves as blood supply hub for East Coast as Hurricane Florence moves in

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(WYMT/WKYT) - The Kentucky Blood Center is acting as a hub for donated blood, stockpiling it in preparation for when Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

Kentucky was picked due to its location, reports sister station WKYT.

"We have pledged to do what we can. The only way we're going to be able to help is if we have plenty of blood when they need it," said Martha Osborne, vice president of marketing for the Kentucky Blood Center. "[Kentucky is] far enough away that we're not going to be affected by this storm and we should be able to get the blood relatively easily to the Carolinas."

The first batch of donated blood was sent out Thursday.

"I'm not going to miss it, it's a good thing to help others out and if this can do something good for somebody else, I'm happy for that," said Jina Beanland, who donated some of her blood.

Donors are needed as soon as possible because it takes 24-48 hours to process blood. All blood types are needed, especially O-.

To find out how you can help, click  here.

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