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Moving Towards Recovery

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

Are you looking for resources to help the families you work with to recover financially after a disaster? If so, this resource is for you!

This Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that offers strategies and provides tools that can help you (or the families you work with) move along the road towards financial recovery. The tools provided in this toolkit will help you (or the families you work with) make decisions that are best for your family. Use the individual units or the entire toolkit as your situation requires.

Full Versions | Individual Toolkit Units | Additional Toolkit Resources | The Toolkit in Action | Related Video Series

Awards for Toolkit and Videos

  • Communications Television/Video Program Award (national) - National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)  — September 2016
  • ESP (Epsilon Sigma Phi) North Central Region Distinguished Team Award for Educational Response to Family Financial Situations After Natural Disasters — 2013
  • Florence Hall Award (national) — National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) — September 2012
  • Consumer Financial Information Award (national) — Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) — November 2011

Full Versions

The toolkit is available in three versions: Minnesota, North Dakota, and non-state specific. If you are a professional or volunteer using the non-state specific version, see Customizing the Non-state Specific Version for Your State.

Individual Toolkit Units

Unit 1: How do I use this toolkit? — Tools to help you sort out the pieces of your financial recovery puzzle.

Unit 2: What are key strategies for financial recovery? — Disaster survivors and the agencies that work with them have identified several key strategies and resources that all disaster survivors should know.

Unit 3: What tools do I need to implement key strategies? — This unit includes tools that will help you carry out the key strategies identified in the previous unit.

Unit 4: Where do I start? — This unit includes tasks to complete when you return to your property in the first hours and days after a disaster and as you plan for clean-up.

Unit 5: Where am I financially? — This unit helps you assess your financial situation and start to make plans for long-term recovery.

Unit 6: Where will I live if I’m a homeowner? — This unit helps you assess your short-term and long-term housing options and reviews the possible assistance and resources that may be available to you as a homeowner.

Unit 7: Where will I live if I’m a renter? — This unit helps you assess your short-term and long-term housing options and reviews the possible assistance and resources that may be available to you as a renter.

Unit 8: The New Normal — This unit explores how your financial recovery puzzle is coming together and what you may need to do to complete it.

Unit 9: Disaster Recovery Resources for Families — This unit offers additional resources that will help with your disaster recovery.

Additional Toolkit Resources

Customizing the Non-state Specific Version for Your State — Templates are available for states or agencies within states to customize Unit 9 of the non-state specific version of the toolkit.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Toolkit — Customizing the toolkit for your state, how to distribute the toolkit, and more.

Financial Recovery After Disasters Flyer (212 K PDF) — Highlights the Financial Recovery After Disaster Videos and the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit. This flyer is 8 1/2” x 11”.

Disaster Recovery Resources Poster (228 K PDF) — Highlights the Financial Recovery After Disaster Videos and the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit. This poster is 11” x 17”.

Disaster Recovery Resources Bookmark (173 K PDF) — Quick giveaway that directs families to our disaster recovery resources.

Financial Recovery After Disaster Twitter Messages (342 K PDF) — Suggested text that could be used to send tweets about the disaster recovery resources.

The Toolkit in Action

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit Case Studies (218 K PDF) — Sample case studies to explore how the toolkit can be used with families.

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit — An Evaluation of its Efficacy (311 K PDF) — White paper that summarizes the results of an evaluation of the efficacy of the toolkit after its use by North Dakota families affected by floods in summer 2011.

Financial Recovery After Disaster Video Series — Engaging educational ideas to use with your other disaster recovery efforts. Based on the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit.

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