Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit
Putting your financial recovery puzzle together
This Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit discusses strategies and provides tools that can help you move along the road towards financial recovery. The tools provided in this toolkit are designed to help families make decisions that are best for their family. This toolkit is designed so that those financially impacted by a disaster can use the individual units or utilize the entire toolkit as their situation requires.
- 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
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.
- Download the complete toolkit: Minnesota (3.9 MB PDF) | North Dakota (4.9 MB PDF) | Non-state specific (3.6 MB PDF)
- Download the front and back toolkit covers: Minnesota (66 K PDF) | North Dakota (68 K PDF) | Non-state specific (66 K PDF)
- Download the spine cover (292 K PDF)
Individual Toolkit Units
Tools to help you sort out the pieces of your financial recovery puzzle.
Disaster survivors and the agencies that work with them have identified several key strategies and resources that all disaster survivors should know.
This unit includes tools that will help you carry out the key strategies identified in the previous unit.
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.
This unit helps you assess your financial situation and start to make plans for long-term recovery.
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.
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.
This unit explores how your financial recovery puzzle is coming together and what you may need to do to complete it.
This unit offers additional resources that will help with your disaster recovery.
The Toolkit in Action
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.
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.
After the Flood: Rushford's New Chapter (13 MB PDF) — Beautifully illustrated summary of the research conducted after the 2007 Rushford, MN flood. Hear words of wisdom and "what worked" from those who know, disaster survivors.
Using the Toolkit in Your Community
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.
Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs — Resource fairs can help communities affected by disaster.