During Hurricane Season, Be Prepared with Electronic Payments

September 14, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

hurricane Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, especially during periods of hardship and tragedy. We want you to be ready when natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, occur. When disaster strikes, you’ll need immediate access to your funds.

One of the best ways to prepare is to sign up to receive electronic payments from Social Security. During Hurricane Harvey, payments were delivered accurately and on time when beneficiaries used Direct Deposit. We expect the same to be true during Hurricane Irma.

Direct deposit is a simple, safe, and secure way to get your monthly benefits. Your money is automatically posted to your bank account on your payment day each month. Say goodbye to waiting for the mail to arrive. There’s no risk of your check getting lost or stolen, and you don’t need to make a trip to cash or deposit a check. This is very important during inclement weather.

The easiest way to set up, change, or update your Direct Deposit is to sign up for a my Social Security  account. Having a personal account gives you access to your benefits from your preferred location. You can set up your Direct Deposit within minutes by going to my Social Security  and signing up for an account. Then, go to the My Profile tab and follow the instructions on the screen.

To set up your Direct deposit, you must:

  1. Receive retirement, survivors, or disability benefits;
  2. Have your bank account number;
  3. Have your bank’s routing number;
  4. Know what type of account (checking or savings) you have; and
  5. Have a U.S. mailing address.

For more information, read Get Your Payments Electronically or visit our website. When a natural disaster occurs, you’ll have enough worries. Your benefit payment shouldn’t be one of them. Don’t let another day go by, sign up for a my Social Security  account today.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Virginia M.

    I would like to check on the date my benefits will be direct deposited to my checking account. So far, I have not been able to find a link. HELP. I have tried various ways and still cannot find a link that says change direct deposit or something to that effect


  2. Berry

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  3. Tia W.

    Question. If you currently live in PR and are relocating to Pennsylvania due to the Hurricanes (Irma and Maria) will the social security amount change by state?

  4. Yugank K.

  5. Michele

    I want to know about the electronic megnegtic pulse that’s going to occur on Nov4th thru Nov6th shouldn’t the public take some kind of precaution? Could someone please contact me when u get this

  6. Lesley N.

  7. Darlene O.

    I need to get my check sent to my card ending in 0745.
    I don’t use the Western Union card anymore but for the last 3 months my check has been sent to it. Then
    I have to get Netspend to transfer the funds to my Visa with 0745 on the end.

    Please see if this can be straightened out before the next check is issued. Also my address has been changed


    have to get funds transferred to my. Visa card ending in 0745.

  8. Mary V.

    Will SSA be releasing any funds early due to Hurricane Irma?

  9. marian g.

    someone stoled my optium bank card which I have not activated yet and have been putting prescriptions and bills using my ssnumber because my phone number is linked with my ssnumber. and I didnot know this.Someone has stolen my sscard also. I am fighting my utility company because somene charged $2756.00
    to my account using my cellphone.

  10. marian g.

    hsomeone stole mysscard and they have gotten into my

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