Based on the world record nomination from Asia Records Institute (ASRI) and Decision No.WK/USA.INDIA/1008/2023/No.464, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Marcus National Blood Services Center as "The world's first underground blood bank."
Nearly 50 feet below ground, Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) medical service has opened the world’s most secure national blood bank developed to become part of the country’s national defense strategy against war, missile attacks, natural disasters, terrorism, and state emergencies. The new center took four years, $135 million and 11,000 tons of steel to complete.
Even more unique to the facility is that the blood center features six floors, with three of them underground on more secure levels.
The center will double Israel’s blood-processing capacity, enabling the country to produce as much as half-a-million units of blood each year, from the 290,000 units possible today, to meet the needs of Israel’s growing population. Magen David Adom currently collects 95 percent of the country’s blood donations and distributes all the blood needed by the IDF.
The center has a secondary system for every critical system in the building, including generators and air conditioners, so that in the event something happens, there will be a backup activated. Besides being safe from missile attacks and war, the center was built to new standards for earthquake resistance.
The first underground floor of the facility houses shielded blood bank laboratories, a transportation center, and secure fleet parking, where all new ambulances will be fully equipped.
The second underground floor houses the Cord Blood Inventory, an R&D molecular lab, and a chemical and biological warfare air-filtration system that enables staff throughout the building to continue working and processing blood in the event of a chemical or biological attack.
At the heart of the third and deepest level lies the Blood Storage Vault, a 300-square-meter safe room shielded against the most severe missile threats, in which Israel’s strategic inventory of 25,000 blood components will be safeguarded in times of war.
According to nocamels.com, atlantajewishtimes.com