The LSCU’s tri-state area, with coastal borders, is always alert to the potential for a hurricane disaster. A new resource is available to credit unions in our states and others. The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), in collaboration with PSCU, has launched a new CUAid Disaster Recovery app to streamline and connect credit union organizations with one another when disasters strike to quickly coordinate resources.
The CUAid Disaster Recovery App, generously funded by CUNA Mutual Group and FIS, was developed by CU-APPS. As one of the three key pillars of business, the Foundation provides disaster relief to the credit union movement through its CUAid program. CUAid is designed to harness the collective generosity of the movement to provide grant assistance, and this app serves as an extension of that program.
“The need to prepare, connect and share resources has proven to be more important now than ever as our movement has faced an unprecedented time of crisis,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director at the Foundation. “We are hopeful this app will change the way credit unions can respond to natural disasters and allow them to quickly get services back up and running to serve members.”
Southeastern Credit Union Foundation Director added, “The most critical step now is for credit unions to sign on to this app in order to build the database. United, we will be able to face disasters and recover quicker and stronger.”
The Disaster Recovery application serves as a “matching” service for credit unions to source and share emergency resources, such as generators, mobile branches and more to get credit unions back up and running as quickly as possible.
“PSCU is proud to partner with the Foundation to provide credit unions with innovative technology to help maintain continuous operations during times of emergency,” said Merry Pateuk, senior vice president, Industry Engagement at PSCU. “We understand that response time is critical for credit unions when dealing with disaster – as is industry collaboration to support each other. We are excited to help bring the CUAid app to life and gain widespread adoption in the industry to help credit unions when they need it most.”
Credit union organizations are encouraged to enroll in the free program to receive disaster preparedness resources, to input available resources to share with others and gain the ability to seek resources from others in times of need. “Community is the heart of the credit union movement and this app exemplifies the credit union community spirit – people helping people,” added Bill Hampton, senior vice president, division executive at FIS.
“When credit unions face challenges, they step up to help one another,” said Christa Loger, senior claims manager at CUNA Mutual Group. “We’re glad to be able to partner with the National Credit Union Foundation to create this app that will help credit unions coordinate and respond quickly.”
For questions related to the CUAid app, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.