Prepared for today
Committed to joining together to prepare for mass transfusion disasters without delay or uncertainty.
Blood Emergency Readiness Corp was started in September of 2021. MEDIC Regional Blood Center joined in January of 2022.
What is BERC?
The Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC) is a group of blood centers across the nation that commits to joining together to be prepared for mass transfusion disasters that may strike. These blood centers commit to collecting extra units on a rotating “on-call” schedule to create an available supply of blood for emergency needs.
Why is it needed?
In many disasters and critical-need scenarios – like a mass shooting, natural disaster, or large-scale car crash – much blood is needed immediately. With current donation rates nationally, most blood centers don’t have enough blood on their shelves to handle these types of disasters and are forced to request blood units from neighboring blood collectors. By creating BERC, blood will be ready and available, if needed, without delays and uncertainty.
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