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October 23, 2016

UFCU encourages preparation for natural disasters

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:00 am

As hurricane season approaches, University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) provides you with information to help you prepare before a hurricane strikes. 

Hurricanes pack a triple punch: high winds, soaking rains and flying debris. They can cause storm surges to coastal areas, as well as create heavy rainfall which in turn causes flooding hundreds of miles inland.

UFCU Insurance Services offers home, flood and windstorm insurance policies. For a free quote, email InsuranceServices@

ufcu.org or call UFCU Insurance Services at (800) 223-4197.  

Taking the necessary steps to protect your home and family before a hurricane strikes is the smartest plan. UFCU also encourages you to take steps to ensure your finances are in order long before local officials call for an evacuation. 

Why should you prepare financially?

In the event of a disaster, ATMs and financial institutions might be unavailable for extended periods. If this happens, you should be prepared for a cash only environment until services are restored. Obtaining cash and managing your finances will be easier with direct deposit and electronic services.

Establish Direct Deposit with your employer, social security, or other federal agency. Simply give your employer your account number and UFCU’s Routing Number – 314977405.

Enroll in UFCU Online and Mobile Banking. Online and Mobile Banking offers the convenience of 24-hour banking. UFCU Online Banking is complete with free Bill Pay, Account Alerts and online account transfers, including to and from your accounts at other financial institutions. With Mobile Deposit you can deposit checks using your mobile device.

Apply for a UFCU VISA® Debit Card. Use your debit card anywhere VISA is accepted; funds are drawn directly from your checking account. Your card also doubles as your ATM card. UFCU also offers the ABILITY™ VISA® Prepaid Debit Card. Both cards are available immediately at the UFCU Galveston Financial Center.

Lastly, it is important to keep your contact information, including email address, up-to-date with UFCU. 

What should you do before evacuating? 

Be prepared at least five to seven days before officials call for an evacuation so you can get out without delay. 

Make arrangements to have needed cash on hand, and visit ufcu.org to locate Shared Branch and ATM locations on your evacuation route. 

Don’t forget to pack your UFCU debit card, ABILITY card, credit card, and/or checkbook. 

Continue to visit ufcu.org and follow UFCU on Twitter and Facebook for updates regarding the conditions affecting UFCU facilities.

“I know during a natural disaster times are stressful,” said Freda Davis, Financial Center Manager. “UFCU is committed to helping you prepare financially.” 

For information visit ufcu.org or contact Freda Davis at (409) 797-3300 ext. 21502 or FDavis@ufcu.org.  

This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.