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Important Update: Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage

The FDIC deposit insurance rules have undergone a series of changes starting in the fall of 2008. As a result, certain previously published information related to FDIC insurance coverage may not reflect the current rules. For details about the changes, visit Changes in FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage. For more information about FDIC insurance, go to www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/index.html or call toll-free 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342). For the hearing-impaired, the number is 1-800-925-4618.

Summer 2011

Banks Are Required to Prepare For Disasters

Federal and state banking regulators require financial institutions to develop and test “disaster recovery” and “business continuity plans.” Each plan must spell out how the bank will recover data, ensure the availability of cash, continue serving customers, and otherwise function efficiently after a wide-ranging disaster — one in which personnel may be unavailable, key facilities are crippled, and power and phones are out for an extended period.

According to Michael Jackson, an Associate Director in the FDIC’s Division of Risk Management Supervision, disasters ranging from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to the deadly tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, in May of 2011, were reminders that the financial industry and its regulators “must be ready for disasters of any magnitude or duration — you cannot just plan for something small or brief.”

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Last Updated 8/30/2011