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Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit (Non-state Specific Version)

Information for Professionals and Volunteers Using and Customizing the toolkit

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit can be an invaluable resource to the long-term recovery of families that have experienced a disaster. This non-state specific version refers to nation-wide resources, making it more applicable to states beyond Minnesota and North Dakota.

Here are some frequently asked questions about this version of the toolkit.

Where can I access the toolkit?

All three version of the toolkit (Minnesota, North Dakota, and non-state specific), can be accessed from the home page: Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit. Access the entire toolkit or view the specific unit you are interested in.

Can I get a hard copy of the toolkit?

The University of Minnesota Extension is not currently supplying hard copies of the toolkit. Local agencies may be printing copies and distributing them as needed. If you have already received a hard copy and just need another, contact the specific person or agency from whom you received your original copy.

What’s the difference between this version and the previous versions?

In the non-state specific version, nation-wide resources have been referred to rather than resources specific to Minnesota or North Dakota. Also, templates are available for this version that allow agencies to customize and/or add information for their state. For more information, see customizing the non-state specific version for your state.

I want to customize the toolkit for our state; can’t I just make the needed changes to the document?

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit is copyrighted by the University of Minnesota. Significant effort went into the development of the resource and we are committed to keeping the toolkit updated. For that reason, we need to keep control over the content and overall look and feel of the toolkit. See below for information on adding and/or customizing this resource for your state.

If I can’t change the toolkit, how can I add information for my state?

For this version of the toolkit, resources that often need the most customization have been moved to Unit 9: Disaster Recovery Resources for Families. We have created Word templates so that agencies can customize the resources yet still have them fit as part of the larger toolkit. For more information, see customizing the non-state specific version for your state.

We are using the templates to customize our state resource lists but we have even more resources to add…what should we do?

If you have additional resources that you want to add to the toolkit, it is recommended that you add them to the very end of Unit 9. You can then use the template for the Unit 9: Disaster Recovery Resources Table of Contents to add the titles and corresponding page numbers of these additional resources. You may also want to continue the page numbering to the new resources so that they all fall within the same page number system.

I know the toolkit is copyrighted; how can I still give credit to our agency for distribution?

If you are printing the toolkit to distribute to others, consider doing the following to give credit to your agencies for distribution:

I want to put the toolkit on our website; can I do that without permission?

While no one other than the University of Minnesota can put the PDF files directly on their website due to the copyright, we strongly encourage agencies to link to the toolkit on our website. Linking back to the toolkit home page and/or PDFs will ensure that your website will always be linked to the most current version of the toolkit. For more information, see the tips for using the templates on the customizing the non-state specific version for your state page. Feel free to utilize our descriptions found on our website. If you choose to link to the PDFs directly, rather than the larger home page for the toolkit, be sure to credit the creation of the resource to the University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension Service.

I still have questions about the toolkit. Who could I contact for more information?

For more information about this toolkit or any of the related resources, contact Patricia Olson (pdolson@umn.edu; 612-624-1786).  If you are having difficulty accessing the specific files found on the website, contact Heather Lee (hmlee@umn.edu; 612-626-6602).


See the related resource: Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

You may also be interested in other resources for disaster recovery, extreme weather or families in tough times.

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