September is Disaster Preparedness Month
September 14, 2021
As the nation moves through another season of devastating wildfires, unyielding hurricanes, and fierce tornadoes, it’s a good reminder that solid preparation is the key to standing strong through the unexpected.
September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time for Northwest credit unions to review their disaster recovery and business continuity contingency plans, and familiarize themselves with the many resources that are available.
Even when the wildfire season dies down across the Northwest, the approaching winter poses another set of challenges. As many will recall, this past February’s ice storms brought record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall to Oregon and Washington, causing damage to numerous structures and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Another potential disaster for credit unions is one that can strike at any time. Cybercrime and fraud impact organizations all year long – but they really ramp up during the holiday season.
Housed on NWCUA’s Compliance and Wildfire resource centers are a number of helpful links to help your credit union and its members prepare for whatever may come. These include cybersecurity tips and guidance, the most useful items to include in a survival kit, how to prepare for emergencies, and much more.
Additionally, earlier this summer, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation activated its Disaster Relief Fund to help credit union employees and board members who are impacted by wildfires or other catastrophes.
Credit unions can also find information from state and federal agencies, including:
- The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
- Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- Idaho Office of Emergency Management
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- The NCUA
Several Strategic Link partners offer solutions in cybersecurity and fraud prevention, emergency communications, disaster response and recovery, and reputation management. Contact the Strategic Link team to learn more.
Whatever lies ahead, your Association is here to help. Have a question about disaster preparedness? Please reach out to our Compliance Team.
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