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Carolinas' credit unions getting back to business after the storm

Monday, September 9, 2019  
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Image of damage to Ocracoke Island after Hurricane Dorian
NCDOT's Aviation Division captures drone photos of Hurricane Dorian's impact on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.
[Image: NCDOT Division of Aviation Facebook]

Columbia, SC and Raleigh, NC--Latest reports from credit unions in the Carolinas today and over the weekend appear largely positive following Hurricane Dorian. However, recovery efforts continue for many people in the U.S. and in the Bahamas, the latter of which took the brunt of the storm.

Traveling along the southeastern U.S. coast last week, Hurricane Dorian brought storm surge, heavy rain, wind damage, and caused a multitude of power outages. As reports, in North Carolina the biggest impacts were on Ocracoke Island (Hyde County) and Hatteras Island (Dare County). And in both states, instances of flooding and tornadoes damaged homes.

"By and large, credit union facilities in the Carolinas were spared from the worst of Hurricane Dorian," said Carolinas Credit Union League President/CEO Dan Schline. "This outcome is a welcomed relief given the more severe damage we experienced following Hurricanes Florence and Matthew. Credit unions are now focused on helping members get back on their feet, with some even offering aid to any other credit union in need."


Disaster Relief Aid Available

Credit union employees and volunteers affected by the storm may seek aid through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund which is accepting applications. For more details on the levels of grant assistance available, see the Foundation's recent letter to CEOs here.

How to Apply:

1. Download and save this grant application form.

2. Complete and sign the form, and email to Carolinas Foundation President Lauren Whaley at

Make a Donation

The Carolinas Foundation is also ready to receive contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund, which since its establishment has provided more than $2 million in aid to the local, national, and international credit union communities. Any donation collected is disbursed dollar-for-dollar to aid in disaster recovery.

To help in fundraising efforts, the League recently made a $5,000 donation towards the Disaster Relief Fund. 

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National and Partnership Support

CUNA Mutual Group's Disaster Response Team is also ready to respond should any credit unions need assistance.

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World Council initiates Project Storm Break in The Bahamas

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian has prompted the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions to initiate its first Project Storm Break response in The Bahamas—the same country where the disaster relief fund was officially launched just over one month ago. (Read more at

Donations can be made directly on the Project Storm Break page.

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Impact Reports
As of 1:48 PM Monday, September 9

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Carolina Trust FCU: As of Sept. 9, all Carolinas Trust branches are fully operational.

CPM FCU: As of Sept. 9, all branches are open and operating under normal business hours with no reported damage. 

Health Facilities FCU: As of Sept 9, Health Facilities is operating under normal hours with no reported damage.

Heritage Trust FCU: As of Sept. 6, all Heritage Trust branch locations are open except for its Joint Base branch and West Ashley branch. Members that visit the Joint Base branch are being directed to visit the Dorchester Road branch, and members that use the West Ashley branch may visit the James Island branch. For more details, visit Heritage Trust’s Facebook page.

Latitude 32 FCU: As of Sept. 7, power has been restored to Latitude 32 branches and is now operational. For more updates, see the Latitude 32 Facebook page.

Santee Cooper CU: Moncks Corner and Myrtle Beach Branch will reopen at 1:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Any further updates will be posted to the Santee Cooper Facebook page.

South Carolina FCU: As of Sept. 8, all SC Federal financial centers are operating under regular business hours with the exception of its Downtown Charleston location which is temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Dorian. The credit union is directing members from that location to visit its James Island financial center at 1317 Folly Road or East Cooper financial center at 910 Houston Northcutt Blvd. For more updates, see SC Federal’s Facebook page.

SECU: As of Sept. 6 9:30 AM, 20 service centers remain closed with other locations operating under limited business hours, so members are encouraged to check the status of their local branches at In addition to the branches, SECU have about 50 ATMs that are down due to storm related issues.

State CU: As of Sept. 9, all SC State branch locations are up and running under normal business hours, with no damage reported.

Weyco Community CU: As of Sept. 9, all Weyco Community CU branches are now open with no reported damage.

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Related News

Carolinas Credit Union League donates $5,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief (9/6/19)

League, Carolinas Foundation ready to support credit unions as Dorian arrives to Carolina coast (9/5/19)

League, Carolinas Foundation watching Hurricane Dorian’s impact (9/3/19)

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