Local health officials calling blood shortage in Westchester an 'emergency'
The blood shortage in Westchester is now being called an emergency and local health officials say donors are badly needed. The recent warm weather is keeping usual donors from their routine of giving, making the shortage even worse. According to health officials, blood is perishable and cannot be used after 45 days. They say the shortage is especially tough for rare blood types. Now, officials are hoping younger residents will get into the routine of donating. Anyone over the age of 17 can donate blood.