CRESTVIEW — After being forced to suspend operations throughout parts of its service area due to Hurricane Matthew, OneBlood, the local blood center, has resumed operations and urges residents to donate as soon as possible to replenish the blood supply.

There is an urgent need of O Negative blood, platelets and AB plasma.

“The hurricane has greatly reduced our ability to collect blood … and as a result we are now facing the reality of a severe blood shortage,” said Susan Forbes, vice president of Marketing and Communications. “The donations that come in from the areas where we are now operating are helping sustain the blood supply throughout OneBlood’s entire service area.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Crestview Donor Center, 2400 S. Ferdon Blvd., Suite B. The phone number is 306-2455.

Healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood.