A natural disaster can strike anywhere, any time. Natural disasters often leave in their wake damage and destruction that have long-term impacts on the financial well-being of survivors. If you or a loved one has been affected by a natural disaster, it’s important to know that financial recovery takes time. 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.
This Toolkit contains nine units. Use all nine or just the ones that apply.
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 helping 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 is comprised of tools that will help you with the key strategies identified in the previous unit.
Unit 4: Where do I start?
This unit includes tasks to complete in the first hours and days, when you return to your property, 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 guides you in an assessment of 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 guides you in an assessment of 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.
The family financial recovery process after a disaster is complex. The tools provided in this toolkit are designed to help families make decisions that are best for their family. This toolkit is designed so those financially impacted by a disaster can utilize the individual units or use the entire toolkit as their situation requires.