HARAHAN, La. (7/17/08)--To more effectively communicate immediate emergency information--especially now in the midst of the hurricane season--the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) has installed a telephone response system for credit unions. The Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions (LOFI), which represents Louisiana financial institutions at the Office of Emergency Preparedness, will record information and alerts related to immediate threats and/or disasters in the area, using the TelSpan system. Financial institutions will be able to dial in and hear messages or alerts at a time that is convenient to their schedules. LCUL is the only credit union league to utilize the TelSpan program, according to the league. “As Louisiana finds itself in the midst of yet another hurricane season, LCUL is making sure credit unions have access to as many resources as possible,” said Anne Cochran, LCUL president/CEO. “TelSpan will play a vital role in getting important information out in a timely manner and also in assisting credit unions across the state in the recovery process.” Heeding the importance of disaster preparedness, the league has a wide variety of resources available, including sample policies and checklists, to help credit unions in the disaster planning process. Packets were sent to credit unions at the beginning of hurricane season to better prepare them if a disaster were to strike. Included in the packets was a detailed checklist to serve as a template, along with a laminated pocket guide with both local and national disaster recovery resources. A sample tracking map was enclosed for credit unions to send their members. The tracking map includes pertinent information and can be customized with a credit union’s logo, the name of the credit union, and information specific to the credit union’s disaster recovery plan. Credit unions were asked to complete a survey form to provide the league with their appropriate contact information and an alternate disaster recovery location.