June 1 marks the start of Hurricane Season. Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30, with the peak of hurricane season between mid-August and late October. Hurricanes are one of nature's most powerful forces, turning warm ocean water into powerful winds capable of mass destruction. The heavy rains brought by hurricanes not only threaten coastal areas, but they also lash areas hundreds of miles inland. Hurricanes can cause widespread destruction and devastation when they occur. At All In Credit Union, we care about your personal and financial well-being. As we have learned from past hurricanes and other natural disasters, preparation is an important way to help minimize the negative impact of a hurricane or natural disaster. Advanced planning and preparedness can make a big difference in safety and recovery from a natural disaster.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Advisory: The National Weather Service (NWS) issues an Advisory when it expects conditions to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch: The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Watch when a tropical storm or hurricane is possible within 48 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning: The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Warning when it expects a tropical storm or hurricane within 36 hours. During a Warning, complete your storm preparations, and immediately leave the threatened area if directed to do so by local officials.
Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions.
Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.
Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.
Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland.
In the event a storm is predicted to impact your area, use these helpful tips to ensure you have access to your accounts and your funds before and after the storm. If a disaster strikes, you will need identification and financial documents to begin the recovery process.
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
In the event that you need to evacuate from a storm, you’ll likely end up making purchases outside of your normal shopping habits. This could result in your account being flagged for fraud, which would prompt our system to call the phone number on file, asking you to verify that you made the purchases. Failure to answer this call could result in a hold on your debit or credit card, and that’s the last thing you’ll want to deal with in the midst of a storm! Please ensure that your contact information on file with All In Credit Union is up-to-date, so that we can reach you if needed. You may also update your contact information through online banking.
In the event that you find yourself unable to reach an All In Credit Union branch, you can locate numerous Shared Branches available to All In members here. There are over 5,000 shared branches located across the United States, meaning you have direct access to your money from coast to coast at no additional cost to you.
There are important steps that people in affected areas need to take to help protect themselves and their families.
Tip: DO NOT FORGET TO PLAN AND BUILD A KIT FOR PETS AND ANIMALS!
Just because the storm has passed doesn’t mean that the danger is over.
You can bookmark yourself safe on Facebook for loved ones to see.
The Red Cross also offers the Safe and Well website which is a secure and more private option than the “I’m Safe” feature on the Emergency App. It allows people to list their own status and allows friends and family to search for messages from their loved ones. The Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website.