Financial Preparedness -

From Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently. Resources are available in several languages.

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Replacing Important Documents

After a disaster, important papers may be destroyed, lost, or damaged. Following is information on how to replace your important papers.

Replacing Important Papers

Coping Financially in a Disaster

This resource provides information to help surivors stay up-to-date and find resources to support their basic needs.Dealing with loss, uncertainty and feelings of panc and anxiety are acknowledged along with information on how to confront life's punches. Source: Mississippi State University Extension.

Coping Financially in a Disaster

Drops in Income

Losing a job or otherwise experiencing a loss of income is a challenge even in the best of times. This series will help you map out a plan to get you back on your feet again.

When Your Income Drops

When Money is Tight

Whether it’s due to a drop in income, a big unexpected expense, or the cost of everyday living overtaking your paycheck, there are steps you can take to get a handle on your finances – and your financial stress.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The CFPB is committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during difficult times. Find information regarding scams, loans and protecting your credit.

CFPB Resources

The Family Finances

Whether you are planning to buy a car, reduce your debt, cut expenses, teach your kids about money, or plan for your future, we can help. We all want financial security throughout our lives. Use the information on this site to make your money do the most it can for you.

Family Finance Resources

The Family Financial Toolkit

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.

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

Financial Recovery

The Financial Recovery After Disaster Video Series can be a great tool to help start conversations with families on the road to financial recovery

Financial Recovery Videos

Financial Recovery and Documentation

Recovering financially after a disaster is complex. It is important in the midst of the struggle to keep things simple. Financial documentation will help survivors and the helping agencies get a clear picture of what resources will be most beneficial and identify the biggest gaps.

Keeping Track of Assets

Creating and maintaining an inventory record for your home and business will help you settle insurance claims faster, verify losses for tax returns, and help you identify the correct amount of coverage.