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Planning for the Worst: Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:10 AM

The threat of natural disasters creates a need for credit unions to have multiple plans for disaster recovery. Participating in CO-OP Shared Branching offers a solution for credit unions by offering members more than 5,000 alternate branches should a credit union's own branches be incapacitated. Not only can members be serviced by visiting shared branching locations, but there are many other ways a connection to CO-OP Shared Branching allows members to access their funds in a time of disaster. 

CO-OP Mobile Text can be an easy fix for credit unions looking for aid solutions in times of disaster. The service can be implemented in one week’s time and has no up-front or monthly fees. Pricing is based on usage at $.12 per transaction. Members can perform account transfers, view transaction history, and check account balances anytime, anywhere, using their mobile device with CO-OP Mobile Text. Credit unions can easily expand their mobile offering after deploying CO-OP Mobile Text by adding other mobile delivery modes offered through CO-OP Mobile.

Members can also take advantage of the Credit Union Service Centers Call Center during a time of disaster by calling toll-free 888-837-6500 and speaking to a CO-OP Member Center agent, who can perform a same account transfer, balance inquiry, and a transaction history look-up 24/7/365.

CO-OP Member Center also offers two levels of service for credit unions, Member Services and Lending Services, where the call center can act as a back-up during peak business hours or during a time of a disaster. 

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To find out more about how CO-OP Shared Branching can meet your members’ account access needs, please contact Brian McCueNorma Garza and Cheryl Sayers in the Remote Transactions area are all available to answer questions.

CO-OP Financial Services is an endorsed business partner of Credit Union Resources, Inc., and an industry leader in access and convenience products for credit unions. With over 30 years of credit union service, CO-OP connects credit union members to their accounts through network services, payment processing, e-commerce, CO-OP shared branching, and call center services. A total of 3,500 member credit unions, 30 million cardholders, nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs, more than 5,000 shared branch locations, and 200 million-plus monthly transactions make CO-OP Financial Services the nation's largest credit union service organization offering resources that enable deeper member engagement to help credit unions prosper. To learn more visit