The Florida office of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions closed Thursday at noon (ET) and will remain closed Sept. 2 due to anticipated high winds, rain, and power loss from Tropical Storm Hermine.
The LSCU's Birmingham, Ala., office will remain open today and tomorrow during normal business hours.
The NCUA advised credit unions in Florida and parts of the Eastern Seaboard should take steps to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hermine early Friday morning.
“We are reminding credit unions and their members to take the necessary precautions to stay safe,” NCUA Board Chairman Rick Metsger said. “Even if the storm loses strength, areas in its path should be ready for heavy rains, high winds and flooding. If they haven’t already, credit unions should review their disaster plans and be prepared for increased needs for member services if members need to make extra purchases or if homes and businesses are damaged.”
New tropical storm warnings were issued Thursday along the Southeast coast from Florida's First Coast to southern North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. This means tropical storm-force winds (39 mph or higher) are expected within 36 hours.
Meanwhile, the number of Louisiana credit union employees affected by statewide flooding has reached roughly 300, and the generosity of the credit union movement is matching the pace of the need. The National Credit Union Foundation reported that donations to CUAid.coop nearly doubled--to more than $106,000.
Now being called the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, eight days of storms inundated Louisiana with 7 trillion gallons of water.
“Louisianans are extremely resilient and will overcome this tragic event,” said Lacy Hyer, Louisiana Credit Union League vice president of communications and public relations. “However, the need for assistance is greater than ever before. The outpouring of support from our credit union family has touched the hearts of all those affected, and they are very grateful.”
September is National Preparedness Month, and Agility and the U.S. Small Business Administration also have a website, preparemybusiness.org, to help businesses prepare for disasters.