People who have been forced out of their home by a disaster often don't know where to turn for answers to the many questions they're faced with. People materialize to offer help, but it can be hard to know who to trust. We've collected the following links to useful resources to help you get answers.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross will probably be among the first on the scene if you've been forced out of your home. They'll help to arrange for temporary shelter and give you comfort and assistance. If you have other needs, you can check their website: www.redcross.org or contact a local chapter. Chapters in the Springfield area include:
Pioneer Valley Chapter
506 Cottage Street
Springfield, MA 01104
Greater Westfield Chapter
48 Broad St
Westfield, MA 01085
Central Massachusetts Chapter
2000 Century Drive
Worcester Corporate Center
Worcester, MA 01606
Berkshire County Chapter
480 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
9 Devens Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
125 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060-2258
If you don't see a location close to you listed here, you can find one at www.redcross.org or you can get info for Central and Western MA chapters at www.redcrosscwm.org.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is a good resource for information to help avoid, prepare for, or recover from disasters.
Like FEMA, your state-level agency offers assistance and information to help avoid, prepare for, or recover from a disaster. Here are links to some of those:
Connecticut Department of Emergency Management (DEMHS)
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Choosing a Contractor
There are a number of resources to help you choose a reputable contractor to rebuild or repair your home or business. Here are a few:
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business Directories
Connecticut (except northeast)
Central and western MA, northeastern CT
Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors Assoc "find a contractor" tool
Homebuilders & Remodelers Association of Western Mass. "How to choose a builder/remodeler"
Consumer Adjusters, LLC is also a great resource for help and advice. Contact them for a free, no-obligation consultation.
If your home or business has been damaged or destroyed, call the team at Consumer Adjusters, LLC today!
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