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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration to Open Recovery Resource Center for Those Impacted by Columbia Gas Line Incident

For immediate release:
9/15/2018
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration to Open Recovery Resource Center for Those Impacted by Columbia Gas Line Incident

Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

FRAMINGHAMThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced a Recovery Resource Center will open on Sunday in Lawrence and will provide services and programs to meet the needs of residents of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover who were impacted by Thursday’s Columbia Gas line incident. This center will be collocated with the existing emergency shelter at the Arlington Middle School located at 150 Arlington St, Lawrence, MA 01841

“We are opening this Recovery Resource Center to ensure that the people who were impacted by Thursday’s gas line incident have access to the resources they need to get back on their feet,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The response to Thursday’s gas line incident would not be possible without the hard work and cooperation between first responders, local officials, state agencies, and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment to keep Massachusetts safe.”

“We hope these resources will ease the recovery process and help people get back on track,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Center will be set up in Lawrence to serve Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover as a location for those who need assistance.”

“Many government and non-profit organizations have worked tirelessly in the response and recovery from this incident,” said Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett. “Our key partners from state, local and non-profit agencies have helped organize these recovery resources for those impacted by the storm.”

“This Recovery Resource Center is one stop shopping to access an array of services from the state and non-profit organizations that may be needed after a disaster,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “A disaster survivor can go into a recovery resource center to be connected to service organizations that can assist those in need.”

Recovery Resource Center

MEMA and the American Red Cross, working collaboratively with local officials, will open the regional Recovery Resource Center to support disaster survivors.  Anyone impacted from Lawrence, Andover, or North Andover are welcome in this regional recovery resource center. 

The Recovery Resource Center will be staffed by representatives of key local and state agencies, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army and disaster relief organizations affiliated with Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). State agencies include the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Registry of Motor Vehicles, and Division of Insurance (DOI).

Lawrence Regional Recovery Resource Center

Schedule: Sunday, September 16, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Monday, September 17, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: Arlington Middle School, 150 Arlington St, Lawrence MA

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration to Open Recovery Resource Center for Those Impacted by Columbia Gas Line Incident

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency ensures the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

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