Disaster Relief Resources

In times of natural disasters, concern for our credit unions and the communities they serve is a top priority for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) and the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF). In an effort to meet the needs of our credit unions in times of disaster, the SECUF has a disaster relief fund that is available to assist our credit unions, staff, and board members.

Disaster Resources

Use the Status Update by CU form to update the League on the status of your credit union following a disaster. The document is a PDF that can be completed electronically. This will help the LSCU assist credit unions quicker following a disaster.

The LSCU provides access to a Disaster Hotline for credit unions to activate when primary lines of communication are down. It is available 24/7 for your credit union’s use.

Here is a copy of the LSCU’s Plan to Assist Credit Unions in times of disaster.

Pre-Storm Resources:
LSCU Employee Disaster Preparedness Webinar (2019)
CACU Storm Preparedness
Do You Have a Pet Emergency Preparedness Plan?
How to Evacuate Before a Storm or Flood
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities 
Flash Flood Safety and Damage Prevention Guide
FEMA Flood Map Service Center: Search By Address

Post-Storm Credit Union Resources:
C1 Contingency Services Guide
Status Update by SDCC
Re-Opening Checklist 
Steps After Flooding for Temporary Branch and Rebuilding
CUNA Resource Community 

Post-Storm Staff/Personal Resources:

Disaster Relief Resources
Flash Flood Safety and Damage Prevention Guide Cleaning After a Flood
Flood Health and Safety
Food safety after a storm
Operation Blue Roof – Temporary roof repair at no cost   or call 1-800-ROOF-BLU
Safe Cleaning After a Home Flood: What You Need to Know
FEMA Disaster Assistance  



Disaster Grant Applications

Grants are available to fund emergency needs, as well as long-term and ongoing needs. Be sure to review the SECUF Disaster Relief Grant Application Guidelines before completing an application.

For questions regarding the Foundation’s disaster relief process, please contact SECUF Director, Juli Lewis at juli.lewis@lscu.coop or 850-321-5199.

Disaster Relief Grant Application:

  • Submit application online.
  • Fill out ACH Authorization Agreement.

During open phases of disaster relief, links will be provided. If you are currently in need of disaster relief and there is not an active link, please contact SECUF Director, Juli Lewis.

Disaster Donations

Contributions and donations are currently being accepted.

Disaster Relief Fund Donation:

CUNA Disaster Relief Resources

CUNA has developed, with the assistance of the Cornerstone League, a disaster mutual aid community on www.CUNA.coop. This resource was launched after Hurricane Irma and Harvey and will be open to credit unions to ask for help and others to offer material and other assistance. Needs will be matched with offers of help.

CUNA, PSCU, and CO-OP have partnered in a collaborative effort to launch a call center to facilitate credit unions getting information to their members in the wake of a disaster. Call center operators will monitor web sites and information compiled by the LSCU in order to assist consumers with information about operating status, ATM and shared-branch locations, and other important information. Numbers are:

  • (866) 564-3519
  • (844) 897-2060 (with service options for hearing impaired)

NCUA Disaster Preparedness Resources

The NCUA has a number of resources to help credit unions plan out their disaster plan. The NCUA suggests that federally chartered credit unions review their plan on a regular basis and also have a “dry run” to ensure the credit union is prepared in case a disaster hits.

Hurricane-impacted credit unions in Florida and Alabama with the NCUA low-income designation are qualified for up to $7,500 in money through NCUA’s Urgent Needs Grant funding round, which is available year-round.  Additional information on this grant funding round can be found here.

The state of Alabama and the state of Florida also have very good resource pages that credit unions should bookmark and refer to during times of natural disasters.