FDIC announces Alabama, California disaster relief
On January 18, the FDIC issued guidance (see FIL-03-2023 and FIL-04-2023) to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and help facilitate recovery in areas of Alabama affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes occurring on January 12, and in areas of California affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and landslides occurring from December 27 and continuing. The FDIC wrote that in supervising impacted institutions, it will consider the unusual circumstances those institutions face. The guidance suggested that institutions work with borrowers impacted by the severe weather to extend repayment terms, restructure existing loans, or ease terms for new loans “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.