If you are a blood collector experiencing a disaster, please contact a member of the Task Force:

AABB:
800-458-9399
nbe@aabb.org
BCA:
401-381-0600 or 401-439-5341
nsalamon@bca.coop
ABC:
402-210-1738
rsylvester@americasblood.org

Click here to update your center’s contact information in the ABC/BCA Disaster Supplier Grid.

Inter-organizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism

BCA serves as the Disaster Inventory coordinator for the independent blood centers, while working with America’s Blood Centers on the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism.  The task force was formed in 2002 to assist HS in coordinating the national response to both military and civilian blood supply-related issues that may arise during disasters.

BCA’s role in the Disaster Task Force is to provide inventory data for the independent blood centers in the United States and coordinate movement of blood products into the affected areas if necessary, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Members of the Task Force: U.S. Government Agencies represented:
AdvaMed Armed Services Blood Program
American Association of Tissue Banks Health and Human Services (HHS)
American Hospital Association Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Red Cross Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
College of American Pathologists
National Marrow Donor Program
Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association

An Operations handbook was created to assist blood centers in preparing for and responding to future disasters and acts of terrorism that affect the blood supply.  The most current version of the AABB Technical Manual also has a chapter dedicated to disaster preparedness.  Click here to purchase a .pdf version of the Handbook.

Other

BCA also has ongoing representation on a separate group focused on national preparedness for Pandemic Influenza.