The American Red Cross worked around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support to victims of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.
- Sept. 13, more than 80 fires started when multiple gas explosions affected the three Massachusetts towns of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. These explosions caused local officials to order an evacuation of residents.
- The Red Cross was able to set up 4 evacuation centers in the affected areas in 4 hours.
- The Red Cross provided 1,191 overnight stays in four evacuation centers.
- Nearly 300 Red Cross disaster staff and volunteers from the Northeastern United States worked to shelter, feed and support the nearly 9,000 affected people in the Merrimack Valley
- Working with partners, the Red Cross served more than 25,000 meals and snacks.
Did you know the American Red Cross relies on generous volunteers who give their time and talent to help fulfill our lifesaving mission?
From Blood Drive support, Services to Armed forces programs and Disaster Services, we offer many rewarding positions that provide training and engagement at the member’s level of interest and availability. Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests. We even offer remote positions so a person can volunteer virtually anywhere with a good internet connection!
American Red Cross of Massachusetts
2000 Century Drive
Worcester, MA 01606