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NATIONSBANK-FLORIDA PRESIDENT TOURS BANKING CENTERS IN DADE COUNTY TO ASSESS NEEDS OF NATIONSBANK AND C&S EMPLOYEES

 NATIONSBANK-FLORIDA PRESIDENT TOURS BANKING CENTERS
 IN DADE COUNTY TO ASSESS NEEDS OF NATIONSBANK AND C&S EMPLOYEES
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Assessing needs of employees and pledging to do what it takes to aid their return to normal living routines, NationsBank Florida President Gene Taylor toured NCNB and C&S banking centers in Dade County today.
 Taylor also assessed physical damage to the offices, as NationsBank continued to dig out of the wreckage left in the wake of Hurricane Andrew eight days ago.
 "We're overjoyed that we've found all our approximately 700 NCNB and C&S employees in Dade and Monroe counties and that none of them suffered serious physical injury," Taylor said. "That is the best news I know of."
 Taylor said most of the bank's employees are back at work in the two counties and that nearly all the banking centers are open for business, at least on a limited schedule. He encouraged customers to visit the NCNB or C&S offices they normally use or to call toll-free 1-800-275- 6262 for banking information between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
 "Through heroic efforts of our bank teammates, we have been able to open 24 of our Dade County offices. Only an office on Old Cutler Road and another on South Dixie Highway remain closed," Taylor said. "And even these offices are open for safe deposit box customers who call ahead to make an appointment."
 All the eight NCNB and C&S offices in Monroe County are open, too, Taylor said, although some are operating on limited electrical power and without air conditioning.
 NationsBank is using portable generators to power many of its South Florida offices.
 But the human problems of NationsBank associates are most pressing now, Taylor added. Scores of the bank's employees need aid of some kind. Volunteer teams of NationsBank workers from around the bank's nine-state service area are providing as much of that aid as possible.
 At any given time, anywhere from 40 to 170 NationsBank volunteers are working in the effort.
 "We've got to get our people to the point where they can spend their days without worrying about the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter," Taylor said. "That way, they can help us extend our aid efforts to our customers."
 This help to bank employees in distress includes delivery of donated clothes, water, ice and food as well as providing muscle power and technical expertise to repair damaged houses.
 More than 600 boxes of clothing collected from concerned bank workers across Florida have been delivered by volunteers to the NationsBank Hurricane Andrew Command Center in Fort Lauderdale. The center is housed in the NCNB Operations Center off Cypress Creek Road.
 Much of it has been delivered to those in need but a healthy supply is left over, Taylor said.
 "We have more clothing than we know what to do with," Taylor said. "We are putting it in storage in Fort Lauderdale and will make it available to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations as they determine where the need is greatest."
 Other measures NationsBank volunteers have taken for the neediest employees include:
 -- Toured NCNB and C&S offices with three 18-wheel tanker trucks
 loaded with water.
 -- Delivered 200,000 pounds of ice to distressed employees in Dade
 County.
 -- Delivered 70 chain saws to bank associates in Dade and Monroe
 counties who need them to clean up their property.
 -- Set up 30 portable toilets in hard-hit areas.
 -- Established a free child care center for associates in Dade
 County.
 -- Distributed gasoline to NationsBank employees from a 1,000 gallon
 tank, 15 gallons per vehicle free.
 The NationsBank relief efforts have not been confined to employees. Other aid from NationsBank to various sectors of the community includes:
 -- Generators given to the Homestead Police Department and the Dade
 County Schools to provide electrical power necessary for
 operation.
 -- Delivery of two helicopter loads of donated food to migrant
 workers in South Dade County.
 Earlier, NationsBank announced it has joined forces with the American Red Cross and the Daily Bread Food Bank, Inc., to assist in the relief efforts in South Florida. NationsBank, NCNB and C&S in Florida have established the NationsBank/Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.
 Donations may be made payable to the NationsBank Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Florida Victims and may be deposited into that account at any NCNB or C&S banking office in Florida. Donations from outside Florida should be mailed to P.O. Box 31900, Tampa, Fla., 33631-3900.
 NationsBank is the company formed by the merger of NCNB and C&S/Sovran. In Florida, a two-phased consolidation into NationsBank will begin Thursday, Sept. 3, with 190 banking centers in the northern part of the state. The consolidation of NCNB and C&S offices in southern Florida, including areas ravaged by Hurricane Andrew, is scheduled to begin Oct. 8.
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 /CONTACT: Ellison Clary, NationsBank Corporation, 704-386-8633/
 (NB) CO: NationsBank-Florida; NationsBank Corporation ST: Florida, North Carolina IN: FIN SU:


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