- As financial institutions and their customers prepare for Hurricane Irene,
lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina can be particularly helpful.
- The guidance, issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination
Council in 2006, highlights unique challenges created by significant storms,
including communication and power outages, destruction of facilities, and
interruption in availability of certain branches and ATMs.
- Business continuity plans generally worked well in enabling institutions to
meet these challenges and restore operations swiftly.
- Preparation is critical to the speed at which essential services can be
restored. Key lessons learned are:
- Anticipate disruptions in communication services and the ability of
critical staff to reach their assigned recovery area, possibly over
an extended period of time.
- Anticipate that financial institution operational facilities could
be damaged or destroyed, creating a need for alternate facilities.
The location of a back-up site can be critical to successful
- Be prepared to operate in a cash only environment.
- Recognize that a financial institutions involvement in
neighborhood, city, state, and federal volunteer programs can
facilitate a communitys recovery from a catastrophic event.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Lending Officer
Lessons Learned From Hurricane Katrina:
Preparing Your Institution for a Catastrophic Event
Thomas F. Lyons at 202-898-6850, or email@example.com
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