Steps to Help Rebuild Areas Affected by Recent Tornadoes
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has announced a series of steps intended to facilitate the process of rebuilding in areas damaged by recent tornadoes.
Recent tornadoes from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes have resulted in deaths, injuries and property damage. States affected include Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers affected by the tornadoes who are experiencing difficulties beyond their control. The FDIC has prepared the attached guidelines stating that extending repayment terms, restructuring existing loans or easing terms for new loans, if done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices, can both contribute to the health of the community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution. The guidelines also address other types of regulatory relief.
For guidance on these and related matters, please contact your appropriate FDIC Regional or Area Office.
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recognizes the serious impact of the tornadoes on the operations of financial institutions and will provide regulatory assistance to institutions subject to its supervision. These initiatives are being taken to provide regulatory relief and facilitate recovery. The FDIC encourages depository institutions in the affected disaster areas to meet the financial service needs of their communities.
Lending. Bankers should work constructively with borrowers in communities affected by the tornadoes. The FDIC realizes that the effects of such natural disasters on local businesses and individuals are often transitory, and that prudent efforts to adjust or alter terms on existing loans in areas affected by the tornadoes should not be subject to examiner criticism. In supervising institutions impacted by the disaster, the FDIC will take into consideration the unusual circumstances they face. The agency recognizes that efforts to work with borrowers in communities under stress can be consistent with safe and sound banking practices as well as in the public interest.
Reporting Requirements. FDIC-supervised institutions affected by the tornadoes should notify their Regional or Area Office if they expect a delay in filing their Reports of Income and Condition (Call Reports) or other reports. The FDIC will take into consideration any causes beyond the control of a reporting institution in considering how long of a filing delay will be acceptable.
Publishing Requirements. The FDIC understands that the damage caused by a tornado may affect compliance with publishing and other requirements for branch closings, relocations and temporary facilities under various laws and regulations. Banks that have disaster-related difficulties in complying with any publishing or other requirements should contact their appropriate Regional or Area Office.
Consumer Laws. Regarding consumer loans, Regulation Z provides consumers an option to waive or modify the three-day rescission period when a "bona fide personal financial emergency" exists. To exercise this option, the consumer must provide the lender with a statement describing the emergency in accordance with the regulation.