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How You Can Help In The Merrimack Valley Fire Relief

We'll continue to keep you updated on all the ways to help!

Thousands of residents of Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover were evacuated last Thursday evening after dozens of explosions and fires broke out across those three communities due to a major issue with gas lines. Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for these areas. As of Sunday 9/16, residents in these towns were able to return to their homes.

Our thoughts and prayers are going out to everyone affected by these fires, and a special thanks goes out to all of the first responders for their service. Here is a list of information and ways you can help in relief for those affected. 

UPDATE: Charlie Baker announced that he joined the Essex County Community Foundation to announce The Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief fun. Via Twitter, the Governor stated, "The goal is to bridge the gap between short and long term recovery so people and businesses can get back to daily life as quickly as possible." CLICK HERE TO DONATE AND LEARN MORE!

The Red Cross
Donate online to the Massachusetts chapter of the Red Cross
- Call 1-800-RED CROSS
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
- Volunteer your time with the Red Cross by signing up here

The Salvation Army
- Donate online
- Send a check:
The Salvation Army
Attn: Massachusetts EDS
25 Shawmut Rd
Canton, Mass. 02021

The United Way
If you dial 211, they'll connect you with various resources and ways for you to help and volunteer locally. 

Important Information:

  • Power was being shut off for all three affected communities, even for residents who don't have Columbia Gas.
  • Anyone still in the area who smells gas should leave immediately. You should also not use cellphones, home phones, light switches, candles, matches or anything else that could create a spark and ignite the gas.
  • As of Thursday night, there is no timetable for when evacuated residents will be able to return to their homes.
  • Lawrence, North Andover and Andover have all canceled school Friday.

Red Cross Shelter Sites 
Parthum Elementary School- 255 East Haverhill St in Lawrence
Field House at North Andover High School- 430 Osgood St. in North Andover
North Andover High School- 430 Osgood St in North Andover
Andover Cormier Youth Center- 40 Whittier Ct. in Andover
Arlington Street School- 150 Arlington St. in Lawrence 

Shelter Sites for Animals Needing Care 
MSPCA Nevins Farm- 400 Broadway in Methuen 
MSPCA Angell Medical Center- 350 S. Huntington Ave. in Jamaica Plain

Follow The Town's Local Twitter Accounts For Additional Updates And Information

Lawrence Police Department

Town Of North Andover

Andover Police Department