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This vault saved lives but had to be scrapped as part of the reconstruction of Tinker FCU's Moore branch after the devastating 2013 tornado.

When a 2013 tornado demolished the $3.2 billion Tinker Federal Credit Union’s branch in Moore, Okla., a vault encased in concrete saved the lives of employees and members.

A security vault was also the only thing left standing after a 2011 fire destroyed an Augusta, Ga. branch of Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union and three years after the destruction, the $62 million, Martinez, Ga.-based cooperative broke ground on a new 6,000-square-foot branch.

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