News Release 2020-110 | August 25, 2020
WASHINGTON—The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency today issued a proclamation allowing national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks to close offices affected by severe weather along the U.S. Gulf Coast at their discretion.
In issuing the proclamation, the OCC expects that only those bank offices directly affected by potentially unsafe conditions will close. Those offices should make every effort to reopen as quickly as possible to address the banking needs of their customers.
OCC Bulletin 2012-28, “Supervisory Guidance on Natural Disasters and Other Emergency Conditions” (September 21, 2012), provides guidance on actions bankers could consider implementing when their bank or savings association operates or has customers in areas affected by a natural disaster or other emergency.