ALBANY, N.Y. (11/20/14)--The area surrounding Buffalo, N.Y., received more than 60 inches of snow during a 24-hour period Wednesday, shutting down roadways and businesses, with more on the way.
"Based on our assessment, everything south of Buffalo, including credit unions, are closed," Ron McLean, Credit Union Association of New York (CUANY) senior vice president, told News Now. "I-90 from Henrietta to the Pennsylvania border is closed.
JoAnn Gorman, marketing manager, Western New York FCU, West Seneca, sent this photo taken by President/CEO Marie Betti of the street outside Betti's home. (Western New York FCU Photo)
"Credit unions are directing members to use mobile banking. For those credit unions that have members outside of the affected areas, shared branching has proven to be a valuable resource," he added.
Buffalo Community FCU, with $73 million in assets, closed two of its branches and notified members that it would reopen once weather permits. On its website, it also directed members to its Williamsville, N.Y., branch.
Social media again played a role in communicating with members. On its Facebook page, Western New York FCU, West Seneca, with $40 million in assets, directed members to use online banking or voice tellers.
Late Wednesday afternoon, McLean reported that CUC Mortgage Corp., an affiliate of CUANY with an office in Buffalo, remained open throughout the storm.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the 10 counties, including Erie County, most affected by lake-effect snow. The declaration mobilizes more than 1,000 transportation personnel, including 526 snow plows, 74 large loaders and 21 snow blowers. It also sends 150 National Guardsmen into the Buffalo area to assist with recovery efforts (The Weather Channel Nov. 18).
Another lake-effect storm is on its way with the National Weather Service predicting another two feet of snow between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. (ET) Friday.
Agility Recovery, a CUNA Strategic Services alliance provider, offers a checklist for winter weather preparedness. Among the tips are having on hand the names and phones numbers of the credit union's heating contractor, plumber, building owner and insurance agent as well as local emergency services.