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Hurricane Season is Here

First Bank and Trust can help you prepare.

Preparation can make all the difference in your safety, convenience, and weathering a storm

Hurricane season along the Gulf Coast begins on June 1 and continues through November 30, peaking between the months of August and September.  If you haven't created a plan, now is time to do so.  Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Our Solution Center is available to provide services to our customers at 504-584-5900 or toll-free at 877-426-2498. Make a note of this number and keep it handy.   Contact us if you need assistance.  
  • Have your ATM or Debit Card(s) with you and be familiar with all passwords and PINs.  Visit one of FBT's conveniently located ATMs 24/7 to access emergency cash to have on hand.  Remember that FBT is a member of the Community Cash Network which provides surcharge free, expanded ATM access to FBT customers.  Find Community Cash Network ATM locations here
  • For easy access to your Online and Mobile Banking, make sure you know all your User IDs, Logins, and Passwords so you can access your accounts from any location where you have internet access.
  • Don't forget to take important financial documents, including bank and investment account statements, insurance policies, wills, deeds, and tax records.  As storm tracks can change at any time requiring a fast evacuation, it may be useful to keep these types of documents in an easily accessible and transportable plastic bin.  
  • Make a list of contacts that you may need in case of evacuation. This includes neighbors, friends, bank, doctors, and pharmacies. 

As a resident of a coastal community, it is important to be ready in case of evacuation. Here is how to get started:

Step 1: Get a Kit

Get an Emergency Supply Kit and have it ready to use or place in your car.  Include items like non-perishable food, can openers, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights, batteries, chargers, and power banks for your mobile devices.  Consider rain coats and hats, boots, blankets, an emergency car kit, and other items that can make travel and lodging more comfortable.  In case of a longer evacuation period, don't overlook making copies of important documents like your driver's license and passport, proof of residence (utility bills), insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Have a family emergency plan as your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. It's important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency.  Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood or town. 

Step 3: Be Informed

Listen to your local officials and learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.  Monitor local radio and television news or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.

Step 4:  Stay Safe while Driving

Take care driving and listen to the radio for updated road conditions.  Don't drive into flooded areas and keep your driving speed appropriate for the weather conditions.  Remember, turn around - don't drown.  Take your time and err on the side of caution when driving through a storm.   

Helpful Links:

www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo

www.nola.gov/homeland-security/

www.msema.org

www.floridadisaster.org

www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

www.ready.gov/evacuation

Being prepared makes it easier to weather the storms that may come!