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Personal Finance Resources Guide

Wants, Needs, and Goals

Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane
A four-chapter, DVD-based curriculum that teaches students about financial responsibilities such as budgeting, banking, savings, and the wise use of credit.

Lesson 1: Katrina Strikes
A lesson that helps students to identify the differences among wants, needs, and goals and to recognize the need for financial preparedness in the face of a disaster. This is the first lesson of the Katrina’s Classroom curriculum.

Building Wealth
A personal finance education resource that can be used individually or in the classroom to help young people develop a plan for building personal wealth. It presents an overview of personal wealth-building strategies that include setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores.

Money Logic
A lesson plan in the Money Circle curriculum, and the first lesson in the “Money Management” section. The goal of the lesson is to understand how economic wealth is achieved and to exercise decision-making principles in financial planning and budgeting.

Emergency Preparedness

Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane
A four-chapter, DVD-based curriculum that teaches students about financial responsibilities such as budgeting, banking, savings, and wise use of credit. (See Lesson 1.)

Hurricane Katrina: Still Teaching Valuable Lessons Seven Years Later
"Save for a rainy day." That overarching lesson from a four-part curriculum from the Atlanta Fed, based on the real-life experiences of four families in an emergency, is still relevant. Extra Credit brings you up to date on one of the featured families.

Using Katrina’s Classroom beyond Personal Finance
Tips and ideas for lessons using the Katrina’s Classroom materials as content in teaching a variety of subject matter.

Project-Based Learning: Preparing for an Emergency
An Extra Credit article describing a project-based method for teaching personal finance students that emergency preparedness means more than having an escape route.

Supply Shocks: For Better or Worse
A lesson plan teaching students about the impact of supply shocks on prices and output. The market for oil and gasoline serves as an illustration of the impact of supply shocks.

Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery
An economic essay and lesson uses natural disasters to teach and reinforce economic concepts.

Additional Resources from the Atlanta Fed

Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters: Financial Tips for Consumers
Details and tips on emergency planning and recovery as well as scam- and fraud-avoidance strategies.

Disaster Planning, Recovery, and Rebuilding
Links to various disaster planning and recovery resources.

Resources on Other Sites (Non-Federal Reserve)

Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed
Detailed information about what to do before, during, and after an emergency; how to prepare, plan, and stay informed; and how to build a disaster preparation kit.

Ready Kids
Information that helps parents and teachers educate children aged 8–12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared.

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
Tips for building a kit that helps individuals and families maintain financial stability in the event of an emergency. An EFFAK helps organize key financial records and provides a quick reference file for important financial documents.

Do You Have Emergency Savings?
An article and video describing emergency fund savings in the United States.

Deadliest Tornadoes Documentary
A documentary describing the extreme nature and deadliness of the 2011 tornado season.

How Is a Natural Disaster Classified?
Details about the classification systems of various natural disasters.

Historical Hurricane Tracks
An interactive database of historical hurricane information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

How a Tornado Forms
A video describing the process of tornado formation.

How a Hurricane Is Born: The Science of Superstorms
A BBC video that explores the process of hurricane development.

Earthquake Fault Lines in America
An ABC news video that explores the location of earthquake fault lines.