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Mema Columbia Response

MEMA/Columbia Gas Emergency Shelter


Lawrence, MA

Completion Year



Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency/ Columbia Gas of Massachusetts


Emergency Resident Sheltering after Utility Disaster

Mema Columbia Response
Mema Columbia Response

Project Summary

In September 2018, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts experienced major damage to supply lines and homes throughout the area, as a result of their gas distribution system over-pressurizing during repairs. Hundreds of residents were displaced while Columbia Gas performed extensive emergency inspections and repairs.


MEMA and Columbia Gas engaged the SLS team to set up a shelter and warming center to care for residents who were forced out of their homes. Within days of activation, SLS transformed an existing warehouse into a 1,000+ bed shelter with the proper amenities to care for and shelter occupants.

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