The emergency shutdowns this week have triggered a need for blood not only in Alabama, but across the southeast. Donor centers have had to close just like schools and businesses, and blood drives have been cancelled. That directly impacts the blood supply. LifeSouth’s Tammy Barnes says it's an emergency situation. Hospitals are not stocked, and LifeSouth has little or none of the specific blood products in their inventory. They're the largest supplier of blood in the state of Alabama, in need of people to donate now.