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CUAid: Disaster Relief

Helping credit union employees rebuild their lives after natural disasters strike.

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When Disaster Strikes, the Foundation Responds

CUAid is truly the “people helping people” philosophy in action. See how the Foundation harnesses collective generosity to respond to credit unions in need after natural disasters.

  • $9M

    has been distributed in disaster relief funds to the credit union movement since 2005.

  • 100%

    of donations received through CUAid go towards disaster recovery efforts.

  • $42K

    in grants given in 2019 in response to the Alaskan Earthquake and California Wildfires.

Redwood Credit Union CEO Brett Martinez

During the Kincade Fire, nearly a million residents had their power shut off and about 200,000 were under mandatory evacuation. This meant the majority of our employees were evacuated from their homes or without power for several days. I’m thankful that CUAid has been able to assist with the financial burden that these events have caused our staff and many of our employees.

Brett Martinez, President & CEO of Redwood Credit Union

Looking Back Through CUAid History

Unfortunately, because natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more devastating, the Foundation has activated CUAid more than usual in recent years. Here are some of the larger disasters we’ve responded to since 2005:

  • two relieved people hugging in the aftermath of a hurricane

    2005: Raised $3.5 million

    For the first time, the credit union movement banned together to support those affected by the massive destruction from Hurricane Katrina. CUAid was born.

  • aerial view of flooded river and people on ground

    2011: Raised over $440,000

    • Tornadoes in Southern U.S.
    • Tornado in Joplin, Missouri
    • Flooding in North Dakota
    • Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

    Image credit: National Guard

  • landscape on fire with billowing smoke

    2012-2013: Raised over $625,000

    • Wildfires in Colorado
    • Superstorm Sandy
    • Flooding in Colorado
  • two people face the wreckage from a wildfire

    2015: Distributed over $80,000

  • group of smiling volunteers with bin boxes

    2016: Distributed over $300,000

  • two people walking through waist high flood waters

    2017-2018: Raised over $2.8 million

    • Tropical Storm Harvey
    • Hurricane Irma
    • Hurricane Maria
    • California Wildfires

    Read more about these events

Disaster Preparedness Resources

“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge.” – Petra Nemcova.

  • FEMA: Preparing your members for natural disasters

    FEMA has resources for you to utilize for your organization and to share with members to help with disaster preparedness.

    Explore the FEMA resources

  • Ready.gov: Planning ahead by disaster category

    Ready.gov has specific resources depending on the type of disaster, including checklists for creating an emergency plan.

    Explore the Ready.gov resources

  • FEMA: Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)

    Strengthen employee and member financial preparedness for disasters and emergencies.

    Explore the Financial First Aid Kit

  • California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues: Credit union resources

    The league has assembled a collection of resources to help and provide your credit union with basic tools and information to create and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery plan.

    Explore the league’s resources


Our Promise to Credit Unions

The Foundation does not use disaster relief funds to pay for the CUAid.coop web platform, travel to disaster areas, or any of the Foundation’s costs to administer the national disaster relief program for credit unions. CUAid is a service we provide to give back to the credit union community.

CUAid was developed by the Foundation in cooperation with state credit union foundations, state credit union leagues, and the Credit Union National Association’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2006.

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Donate to the CUAid Disaster Relief Fund

Don’t wait until a disaster has already hit to consider donating. You can help credit union people rebuild their lives, whenever and wherever a major disaster strikes.

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Get in touch

For more information on CUAid

Contact Hannibal Brumskine, Chief Financial & Operations Officer

The National Credit Union Foundation Hannibal Brumshkine

Hannibal Brumskine II, CUDE

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

As the CFOO, Hannibal provides executive leadership to the financial and administrative functions of the Foundation.