Hurricane Preparedness

Disasters are unpredictable and can be devastating to a community. But there is a lot your bank can do to help prepare your customers for these events.

ICBA Crisis Response

Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian made a second landfall near Charleston, S.C. Storm surge and major flooding is expected to continue along all coastal areas in the Carolinas as the storm makes its way onto land. Inland flooding through South Carlina and central North Carolina will continue through the weekend.

Cone graphic of Hurricane Ian as of Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

Known impacts:

  • 1.9 million customers without power
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) remains closed; Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) will open Friday
  • Boil water notice remains in effect for Lee County
  • Central Florida saw nearly 20 inches of rain prompting flash flooding

Florida has established a disaster relief fund which can be found here.

Criminals look to take advantage of crisis events – with a hurricane and a pandemic, there are certain to be a large number of scams.

If you see email traffic asking for relief donations, offering assistance or seem suspicious, please validate the source. Community banks can always reach out to ICBA at [email protected] for assistance.

ICBA will continue to represent the community banks on FEMA and NBEOC calls. Additionally, ICBA is working closely with FS-ISAC and other industry groups to assess the impacts of the storm to the broader financial services sector.

Any community bank with operational impacts are encouraged to reach out to the ICBA Operational Risk Team:

Agility Crisis Prep

Use the Hurricane Tabletop Exercise

This downloadable Tabletop Exercise (TTX) developed by FEMA’s Office of External Affairs and FEMA’s National Exercise Division, is an interactive exercise complete with accompanying facilitator’s notes and scripted video injects.

This exercise is based on the National Planning Scenario for a major hurricane developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the federal interagency community.

Visit the National Hurricane Week Preparedness Website

Learn how to:

  • Determine your risk
  • Develop an Evacuation Plan
  • Assemble Disaster Supplies
  • Get an Insurance Checkup
  • Strengthen your Home
  • Help Your Neighbor
  • Complete a Written Plan

Lessons from the past:

National Hurricane Week Preparedness Website