Recovering After a Disaster Using The Family Financial Toolkit


 

Putting Your Financial Recovery Puzzle Together After a Disaster

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 …

What information should I have in my household inventory?

A complete household inventory consists of:

• a description of each item owned (include model and serial numbers)

• the date you acquired it and how much you paid for it if you purchased it

• its current value

The more detailed the information, the better.

To complement written records, include digital camera files, photographs, or videos. One method would be to film from one end of your house to the other, providing information and commentary on your possessions (this …

I think someone has stolen or is trying to steal my identity. What should I do?

  1. Contact the fraud departments of any one of the three consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a fraud alert on your credit report.
  2. Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Use the ID Theft Affidavit available from the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site www.ftc.gov when disputing unauthorized charges.
  3. File a complaint with the FTC. Print a copy of your complaint to provide important standardized information to the police.
  4. File

Family Disaster Plan

 

Family Disaster Plan

Having a plan can help your family make it through most disasters with minimal stress. A family disaster plan simply helps you organize information so it’s easy to access before, during or after a

disaster.

Begin the process by completing a Family Emergency Plan document like the one at www.ready.gov or by University of Missouri Extension. Fill in phone numbers, out-of-town contacts, meetingplaces and information about each family member and pets. Include information about insurance and …

If a Disaster Strikes, Could Your Finances Weather The Storm?

Budget written on paper.

Managing Finances in Times of Disaster

As the process of healing and rebuilding continues ever so slowly in areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many of us are taking a closer look at our own lives. While most of us don’t live in hurricane-prone areas, we are all reminded of the possibility of disaster knocking at our door. Mother Nature may provide the most striking examples with hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, but a house fire, car accident, serious

How to Create Your Own Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide

Tablet showing the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide.

The Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide developed by Operation Hope, will allow you to advise family members of your recovery process and to reassure them if you are not affected by an event in your city. The ability to contact family members and locate injured relatives is the first step to recovery. We advise that families and individuals keep one copy safe at home and one at the workplace, or another safe place. If you’re not really sure about a …

Preparing your Finances for Times of Disaster

Fireman hosing down house fire

If you think your household finances are invulnerable to disaster, think again. Just one flood, fire, earthquake or tornado can wipe out a lifetime of savings. This year, make a resolution to secure your finances from unexpected events of nature. Below are five steps everyone can and should take to protect their home and finances.


Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool for all Americans developed by Operation Hope, Inc, American’s first non-profit social investment bank and a national leader in providing financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. Regardless of our financial assets or our annual income, we all need to have our financial records in order to maintain stability int he event of an emergency. Completing the EFAK can be an important first step!

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