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FDIC, OCC announce disaster relief

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues FDIC OCC Disaster Relief Mortgages Consumer Finance CRA

On August 3, the FDIC issued FIL-38-2022 to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Kentucky affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began July 26 and is ongoing. The FDIC acknowledged the unusual circumstances faced by institutions affected by the storms and suggested that institutions work with impacted borrowers to, among other things: (i) extend repayment terms; (ii) restructure existing loans; or (iii) ease terms for new loans to those affected by the severe weather, provided the measures are done “in a manner consistent with sound banking practices.” The FDIC noted that institutions may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery. The agency will also consider relief from certain reporting and publishing requirements.

The same week the OCC issuedproclamation permitting OCC-regulated institutions, at their discretion, to close offices affected by flooding in Kentucky “for as long as deemed necessary for bank operation or public safety.” The proclamation directed institutions to OCC Bulletin 2012-28 for further guidance on actions they should take in response to natural disasters and other emergency conditions. According to the 2012 Bulletin, only bank offices directly affected by potentially unsafe conditions should close, and institutions should make every effort to reopen as quickly as possible to address customers’ banking needs.

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