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Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

Disaster Recovery

puzzle piecePutting your financial recovery puzzle together

A natural disaster can strike anywhere, any time. If you or a loved one has been affected by a natural disaster, it’s important to know that financial recovery takes time and can be a complex process. There are no easy fixes and no guarantees.

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 utilize the individual units or use 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
  • 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 additional information about this version.

See the complete toolkit: Minnesota (3.9 MB PDF) | North Dakota (4.9 MB PDF) | Non-state specific (3.6 MB PDF)

See the front and back toolkit covers: Minnesota (66 K PDF) | North Dakota (68 K PDF) | Non-state specific (66 K PDF)

See the spine cover (292 K PDF)

See additional information for professionals and volunteers using the non-state specific version.

Individual Toolkit Units

For Professionals

Helping Families Recover Financially After Disaster : A Webinar Series for Helping Professionals — This series will help professionals assist individuals and families with disaster financially recovery.

Disaster Recovery Webinar (video; 1:06) — One hour webinar presented on November 25, 2013 for University of Illinois Extension staff to prepare for response to recent tornadoes in their state. Reviews the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit and other disaster recovery resources.

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit — An Evaluation of it's 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 — Sample case studies to explore how the toolkit can be used with families. (218 K PDF)

Family Financial Recovery from a Natural Disaster — Recorded webinar presented nationally on June 23, 2011 to Extension staff. Reviews the Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit and other disaster recovery resources available through eXtension.

Other Recommended Resources

Disaster Recovery Journal (Android app) — North Dakota State University Extension Service — Helps you record information about damages to your home and property using text, images and audio.

For more information about this toolkit or any of the related resources, contact Sara Croymans — Extension Educator in Family Resource Management (; 320-589-1711).

You may also be interested in other resources for disaster recovery, extreme weather, or dealing with stress.

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