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BARNETT HELPS EMPLOYEES COPE WITH ANDREW

 BARNETT HELPS EMPLOYEES COPE WITH ANDREW
 MIAMI, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that the initial shock of


Hurricane Andrew's devastation is subsiding, Barnett Bank is helping employees deal with the psychological effects of the disaster.
 At Barnett's Miami Operations Center, two counselors from the Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are on hand to help. "The counselors are holding trauma debriefing sessions for all of our departments," explained Pat Rhodes, South Region employee relations manager for Barnett.
 In addition, the counselors are offering on-site individual counseling to those in need. "Now that many employees have dealt with the basic survival issues of food, shelter and water, the psychological issues are beginning to emerge," explained Cindy Strickland, a counselor with EAP.
 Barnett is offering other services to help employees deal with the disaster. They include:
 -- Assisting employees in finding temporary housing
 -- Providing on-site day care at three locations
 -- Providing food, water and other necessities
 -- Offering clean-up assistance and minor repair to damaged homes
 Nichole Malary, a data entry processor for Barnett, recently attended a trauma debriefing session. Malary's home in Perrine lost its roof and several windows were broken. She and her family have been sleeping on the living room floor with no electricity or phone service. "The counseling session really helped. It allowed me to open up and deal with my feelings," explained Malary. She plans to seek additional counseling through EAP.
 Four counselors, from EAP and Right Associates, a management consulting firm, will visit all of Barnett's 42 Dade County banking offices to hold trauma debriefing sessions and to offer their services on an individual basis.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Stickler, Beth Lawrence or Tory Ryden, 305-825-6998, or Russ Hoadley, 904-791-5013 (office) or 904-260-4658 (home), all of Barnett Banks, Inc./ CO: Barnett Banks, Inc. ST: Florida IN: FIN SU:


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