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CUNA disaster team activates CULocate for Ike
MADISON, Wis. (9/12/08)--With Hurricane Ike ready to make landfall, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Disaster Preparedness Team is prepared to assist credit unions. CULocate was activated Thursday for the credit unions registered in the state of Texas. The credit unions include:
* AAFES CU, Dallas; * Amarillo Community FCU, Amarillo; * America’s CU; Garland; * Austin FCU; Austin; * Cicost FCU, Sherman; * CTECU, Bellaire; * Dupont Goodrich FCU, Nederland; * Family 1st Texas FCU, Fort Worth; * FedStar CU, College Station; * Lufkin FCU, Lufkin; * NRCS FCU, Fort Worth; * PrimeWay FCU, Houston; * Sabine FCU, Orange; * StarTrust FCU, Houston; * Tarrant County CU, Fort Worth; and * Walker County FCU, Huntsville.
At this time, CUNA has activated the credit unions’ non-emergency messages. Credit unions affected by Ike will have their emergency messages activated when CUNA is contacted. CUNA will continue to include any new credit union submissions as they occur. For assistance, contact:
* Julie Esser 608-231-4213 (office--leave a message with a call-back number), 608-332-2726 (cell), jesser@cuna.coop; * Wes Millar 608-231-4138 (office--leave a message with a call-back number), 608-212-2848 (cell), wmillar@cuna.coop; * Dorothy Steffens 608-231-5719 (office-leave a message with a call-back number), 608-213-1584 (cell), dsteffens@cuna.coop
CUNA is monitoring Hurricane Ike and is ready to respond, if necessary, with resources that include the following: CU Locate: the Credit Union National Emergency Information System provides credit union members with a toll-free number, 1-877-CULOCATE (877-285-6228), to receive information about the status of their credit union affected by a crisis. R.E.S.C.U.: the Relief Effort and Support for Credit Unions is the credit union movement's effort to prepare for and respond to large-scale natural and man-made emergencies and business interruptions. This resource includes Adopt-A-Credit Union. Also, CUNA Strategic Services offers disaster preparedness and recovery services through several alliance programs:
* Agility Recovery Solutions can provide a mobile recovery unit fully equipped with power, communications, computer equipment, and many other amenities within 48 hours of a disaster. * Strohl Systems offers PLANet, the industry's only Internet-based business continuity planning tool designed to help credit unions meet NCUA and Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council regulations for business continuity and disaster recovery. * VoiceGard offers a suite of services to restore telephone capabilities after a catastrophic system (PBX) failure or loss of facilities.
For more information, use the resource links. Also, the National Credit Union Administration has encouraged credit unions to prepare for the pending hurricane. See story in News Now's Washington section, "NCUA encourages CU readiness for Ike."
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