Disaster Planning & Recovery Forum
Location: Days Conference Center, Flatwoods WV
At our annual convention, Governor Tomblin posed a challenge to banks on how to handle another major power outage, as the state experienced during the derecho storm in late June. Because of the extreme lack of power in nearly every corner of the state, ATMs were shut down, banks were unable to open and customers had problems accessing their money to make emergency or essential purchases during the crisis. This storm affected the entire state and was unlike any other disaster event we have ever endured, but as an industry, we must learn from it and develop plans that will permit banks to more effectively react on behalf of our customers if a similar emergency was to arise in the future.
To this end the WVBA Disaster Preparedness Task Force has organized this seminar, which will address the many issues involved in preparing for a disaster, recovery and in managing threats. What is expected from the regulator’s perspective on response and recovery? What can Homeland Security do to help? What if your bank was totally destroyed? These and many other highly relevant topics will be discussed.
One important part of the seminar will feature a peer discussion that will provide all participants with the chance to discuss the June derecho and other experiences or best practices during disasters that they follow. We certainly hope that some great ideas and practices will come out of this discussion.
Let’s let the Governor know we are ready to meet his challenge. Please be sure you have someone from your institution represented at this seminar.