Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.

HARRISBURG — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday announced the release of audit reports for volunteer firefighters’ relief associations in Allegheny, Bucks, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Lycoming, Northumberland, Tioga, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.