University of Minnesota Extension
/
612-624-1222
Menu Menu

Extension > Family > Families in Tough Times > Disaster Recovery > Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs

If you want to assist disaster victims on the road to recovery, it is important to understand the multiple challenges facing disaster victims. Understanding will help you reduce barriers and improve access to assistance programs.

In the 2007 flood disaster in Southeast Minnesota, Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs were piloted. A Disaster Recovery Resource Fair is a local, one-stop shop for disaster victims to access multiple assistance programs at one location. Holding Disaster Recovery Resource Fairs in the affected community can help reduce many barriers people may encounter as they attempt to access disaster assistance programs and services.

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Resources

The following materials will help you and the affected community set up your own Disaster Recovery Resource Fair.

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair: A Strategy to Provide Access and Reduce Barriers to Disaster Program Assistance (225 K PDF) — Reviews how to organize and implement a fair and considerations for during and after a fair.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Guide (142 K PDF) — This is a sample of the actual guide that was used for the fairs that were held in our 2007 pilot; the guide lists all partners involved in the fair and the resources that are available to disaster victims.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Flyer (266 K PDF) — Shows the type of information that should be advertised regarding a Disaster Recovery Resource Fair.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair News Release (102 K PDF) — Sample news release that could be adapted for your fair.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Public Service Announcement (85 K PDF) — 30 second and 60 second PSA that could be adapted for your Disaster Recovery Resource Fair.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Site Map (1.9 MB PDF) — Illustrates how you could physically organize your fair as well as where to place key volunteers.

Sample Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Intake Form (112 K PDF) — Registration form for distribution from the greeter's table.

Additional Information

Webinar on Using the Disaster Recovery Resource Fair Resources — Recorded webinar presented nationally on June 23, 2011 to Extension staff. Reviews the the resources available on this website.

For more information on the Disaster Recovery Resource Fair resources or the original pilot, please contact Sara Croymans — Extension Educator in Family Resource Management (croym001@umn.edu; 320-589-1711).

Related Resources

Families in Tough Times

Extreme Weather

You may also be interested in resources for disaster recovery, extreme weather, and dealing with stress. See other recommended resources for resources beyond Extension.

  • © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy