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Disaster Assistance | MEMA

Steps to remain safe and get help.

After a disaster, survivors may need assistance in recovering and getting their lives back to normal. There are a variety of local, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations that provide disaster assistance depending on the severity and magnitude of the event and the damage. In the days following a disaster, listen to instructions from local officials and monitor news sources for information on available programs. If you have questions or need help finding assistance, call 2-1-1 for further information.

Immediate Needs

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other voluntary organizations, in coordination with government agencies, can and will provide immediate aid following a disaster. This aid can include:

  • Mass care (shelter and feeding)
  • Medical assistance
  • Animal sheltering
  • Child care
  • Clothing
  • Clean-up assistance
  • Transportation
  • Replacing lost personal property

Local churches, food banks, social services organizations, and other Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COADs) can also be a source of aid during the recovery process.

To learn more about voluntary organizations, visit the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (MAVOAD) website.

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