Disaster Preparedness

In June 2006, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued Risk Alert #06-Risk-01 to emphasize to federally insured credit unions the necessity of taking steps to prepare for the next potential disaster.

To assist credit unions with disaster recovery preparation, a collection of resources has been assembled to help and provide your credit union with basic tools and information to create and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery plan.

Credit unions are encouraged to use CUNA’s Instructions for Credit Union National Emergency Information System Telephone Message 1-877-CU LOCATE (1-877-285-6228). This service will allow you to set up and change your credit union's emergency messages on the Credit Union National Emergency Information System. You may also designate and update any credit union personnel who will have authority to update your credit union's emergency messages. Please visit the provided link for further information and instructions.


Disaster Preparedness Tools

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina: Prepare Your Institution for a Catastrophic Event

Telephone 1-877-CU LOCATE (1-877-285-6228)

OSHA’s Evacuation Plans and Procedures

FEMA’s Basic Preparedness

FEMA’s Protect Business Records and Inventory

FEMA’s Installing a Generator for Emergency Power

Sample Forms, Plans, and Policy Guidelines:

Sample Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness Plan

Computer Hardware Inventory Form

FEMA’s Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry:

Establish a Planning Team

Analyze Capabilities and Hazards

Develop the Plan

Implement the Plan

Assemble a Supply Kit

Information Systems:

Thrift Activities, Section 341 Technology Risk Controls

Contingency Planning Guide for Information Technology Systems

Homeland Security’s Guide for Developing Disaster Plan:

National Response Framework Report

Talk with Employees

Involve Co-Workers

Practice the Plan

Promote Preparedness

Crisis Communication Plan

OSHA’s Evacuation Plans and Procedures:

OSHA’s “How Do I Write an Emergency Action Plan?”

Design and Construction Requirements for Exit Routes

Maintenance, Safeguards, and Operational Features for Exit Routes

Evacuation Elements

Implementation of the EAP

What are the Options for Reporting an Emergency and Alerting Employees?

Government Agencies:

Dept of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administrations

U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Earthquake Information

Be Prepared

Emergency Supply Kit

Clean Air

FEMA’s Are You Ready?

FEMA’s Earthquakes Section 2.7

Protecting Property from an Earthquake

FEMA’s Anchor Equipment Properly

FEMA’s Anchor Tall Book Cases and File Cabinets

FEMA’s Anchor and Brace Propane Tanks and Gas Cylinders

FEMA’s Bolt Sill Plates and Foundation

FEMA’s Brace Cripple Walls

FEMA’s Install Latches on Drawers and Cabinet Doors

FEMA’s Mount Framed Pictures and Mirrors Securely

FEMA’s Restrain Desktop Computers and Appliances

FEMA’s Use Flexible Connection on Gas and Water Lines

Explosion Information

FEMA’s Explosions Section 4.2

Fire Information

FEMA’s Fire Guidelines

What to do before a fire

What to do during a fire

What to do after a fire

Evacuation Plan

Planning Consideration

Take Protective Measures

FEMA’s Fires Section 2.11

Protecting Property from a Fire

FEMA’s Dealing with Vegetation and Combustible Materials

FEMA’s Replacing Roofing with Fire Resistant Materials

OSHA’s Evaluating the Workplace - Automatic Fire Detection Systems

OSHA’s Workplace Evaluation - Alarm Systems

OSHA’s Workplace Evaluation - Fixed Extinguishing Systems

OSHA’s Evaluating the Workplace - Portable Fire Extinguishers

OSHA’s Fire Extinguishers relation to the EAP - Fight or Flee?

OSHA’s Fire Extinguisher Basics

OSHA’s Fire Extinguisher Use

OSHA’s Fire Extinguisher Placement and Spacing

OSHA’s Fire Extinguisher Hydrostatic Testing

OSHA's Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Flood or Flash Flood Information

FEMA’s Natural Hazards Flash Floods Section 2.1

FEMA’s Landslides Section 2.9

Protect Your Property from Flooding

FEMA’s Build with Flood Resistant Materials

FEMA’s Dry Floodproof Your Building

FEMA’s Add Waterproof Veneer to Exterior Walls

FEMA’s Raise Electrical System Components

FEMA’s Anchor Fuel Tanks

FEMA’s Anchor Outside Propane Tanks

FEMA’s Anchor Outside Heating Oil Tanks

FEMA’s Raise or Floodproof HVAC Equipment

FEMA’s Install Sewer Backflow Valves

FEMA’s Protect Wells from Contamination by Flooding

Hazardous Material Incident Information:

FEMA’s Hazard Materials Section 3.1

Hurricane or Tornado Information:

FEMA’s Natural Hazards Sections 2.2 and 2.3

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina: Prepare Your Institution for a Catastrophic Event

Pandemic Information

The FBIIC/FSSCC Pandemic Flu Exercise of 2007 After Action Report

Letter to Credit Unions #06-CU-06 Influenza Pandemic Preparedness

Government Information

Pandemic Plan by State

State of California Pandemic Plan

State of Nevada Pandemic Plan

White House National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza

Government agencies:

Dept of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Business Information

Sample Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan

U.S. Government Business Planning Checklist

Avian & Pandemic Flu Fact Sheets

Key Facts About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus

How Does Seasonal Flu Differ From Pandemic Flu?

WHO’s Avian Influenza FAQs

FDA Personal Protective Equipment Information

HHS Pandemic Influenza Pre-Event Message Map

Power Outage Information

Prepare for Utility Disruption

Radiological/Toxic or Biological Accident Information


Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases

Government Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Community and State Contact Information

Nevada Community and State Contact Information

Biological Threats

Biological Threats

If There Is a Biological Threat

How to Protect Yourself

Symptoms and Hygiene

FEMA’s Biological Threats Section 4.3

Chemical Threats

Chemical Threats

Evacuation Plan

Stay at Location

Evacuating Location


FAQs about a Radiation Emergency

Glossary of Radiological Terms

Radiation Emergency Guidelines

Radiation Threat

Radiation Threat Visual Guide

FEMA’s Radiological Threats Section 4.6

Severe Storm Information

FEMA’s Natural Hazards Sections 2.4 and 2.5

Terrorist Threat Information

FEMA’s Terrorism Section 4