Some stores were reduced to accepting only cash. Others, running on generator power, still managed to accept credit and debit cards. (Image: Fotolia)
With cell service impaired and many lacking the ability to keep their phones charged, mobile wallets and mobile card readers proved far less useful than cash and plastic cards in storm-struck areas. (Image: Fotolia)
Those outside the storm's path, however, could use their phones' texting ability to access nonprofit mGive's system to donate $10 to one of eight different charities working to help in the recovery. Donations are added to users wireless bills. (Image: Fotolia)
Green Dot attributed slowed prepaid-card sales to the introduction of the Walmart/Amex Bluebird card last month, though it acknowledged that the storm impaired many of the retail chains it relies on for distribution. (Image: Fotolia)
ATMs are not only dispensing cash they are accepting it from donors that want to help storm victims. Wells Fargo allows people to donate to the American Red Cross through most of its 12,000 ATMs. (Image: Fotolia)
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Many issuers preemptively announced they would waive penalties for card customers who could not get their bills paid in the storm's wake. (Image: Fotolia)
Amex, MasterCard, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and others provided donations to charities to help storm-struck areas recover. (Image: Fotolia)
Community banks that were pushed past key asset limits by the Paycheck Protection Program say they will be unable to shrink their balance sheets back to normal size by the 2022 deadline, especially if there is a new round of rescue aid.
The plan still lacks concrete details about standards banks must meet to earn high ratings, but the agency said the new methodology would end grade inflation and could penalize banks that underperform.