Whether it’s a fire, flood or some other calamity, when disaster strikes your home or business, it’s important to find the right help.

For major disasters like earthquakes, floods or wildfires, the

Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is the key coordinator in the distribution of aid to affected Americans. The agency provides housing, financial assistance, medical help and other aid to victims to help them deal with and recover from large-scale natural and man-made disasters.

FEMA also offers financial assistance that may include grants for temporary housing and home repair along with low-cost loans to repair uninsured property. The agency has other recovery programs, as well. Even home and business owners with insurance may be eligible for FEMA help if their insurance policy falls short in paying for repairs. Find out more about FEMA at

Working in partnership with FEMA is The Red Cross, an international humanitarian network that is perhaps the largest non-governmental relief organization in the world with over 100 international chapters. It provides housing, meals, emotional support and other resources to victims of small and large disasters. For more information on Red Cross services click here:

There are also a number of private local, national and religious organizations available to help, including the Children’s Disaster Fund, the Salvation Army and The Volunteers of America. A list of organizations can be found here

Once the worst is over and it’s time to return to your home or business, hopefully you’ll find minimal damage. If you don’t, that’s when it’s time to turn to local vendors you can trust —- like Boston Board Up.Emergency Services. With more than 20 years of experience, owner Louis Falzarano is among the top disaster recovery experts in the Greater Boston area. He and his team of professionals are all trained to repair fire, smoke, flood and other types of damages while providing the security, like fencing, to keep your property safe. To contact Boston Board Up and find out what Louis Falzarano can do for you, check out the company’s website at