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NATIONSBANK REPORTS ON HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN FLORIDA

 NATIONSBANK REPORTS ON HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN FLORIDA
 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- With the basic needs of its employees being managed, NationsBank is meeting the needs of the people of South Florida in the wake of Hurricane Andrew.
 "We have found and fed all our people," said Gene Taylor, president of NationsBank Florida. "Now we're doing all we can to help the people of Dade and Broward counties.
 "We get calls hourly from our banking offices to deliver essentials from baby formula to plastic roofing materials, and our volunteers respond as fast as they can," Taylor said.
 Robert C. (Bob) DeLeeuw, a bank consultant and president of DeLeeuw Associates of Coral Springs, Fla., said he is impressed with the NationsBank efforts. "I think it is amazing that this group of people is so dedicated to helping anyone who has been left in need by this terrible disaster," DeLeeuw said.
 "But we haven't forgotten our own associates," Taylor said. "We have started a stress counseling service that is a part of the NationsBank Employee Assistance Program."
 Bank supervisors have been trained by a trauma specialist to detect early signs of stress in their employees and help them deal with the causes, Taylor said. These supervisors work throughout the counties of Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach, the areas hardest hit by Andrew.
 The majority of NationsBank employees are functioning well, Taylor said, and are looking out for the less fortunate. As they receive requests from their customers and others, they forward these pleas to the NationsBank Hurricane Andrew Command Center in Fort Lauderdale. The center is housed in the NCNB Operations Center off Cypress Creek Road.
 "The biggest reason we can help these people is that our NationsBank facilities management people, with aid from our volunteers from around the NationsBank system, have done such a wonderful job of getting nearly every one of our banking centers in South Florida back into operation," Taylor said.
 "In fact, we've gotten our offices reopened so fast that we haven't felt the need to create mobile banking centers," Taylor said.
 NationsBank teammates now are helping relatives of bank employees and the general public, too.
 In the last 24 hours, NationsBank volunteers have helped move two bank employee families whose homes were severely damaged into residences of their relatives. They also helped these families find storage space for their belongings.
 Other examples of recent NationsBank volunteer efforts are:
 -- Sent two tanker trucks loaded with potable water to the Tamiami Fairgrounds in Dade County to a medical unit working in conjunction with the Broward County Sheriff's Office. The water will be distributed to the needy in the cities of Cutler and Homestead.
 -- Shipped a truckload of ice to a Publix Supermarket in Deerfield Beach for free distribution.
 -- Loaded a tractor)trailer rig with 1,500 loaves of bread and potable water and sent half to the Town of Medley in Dade County and the other half to the Dade County Bread Bank.
 -- Sent 1,000 gallons of water, 100 trays of bread and 36 cases of food to the Caple Nursery, a child care facility in Homestead.
 -- Lent construction expertise and muscle to the Dade County Public Schools to help reopen classrooms. This includes work in areas such as electrical, plumbing and roofing.
 -- Helped the Daily Food Bank send essentials to migrant workers in Dade County. This aid included baby food, water, plastic roofing and toiletries.
 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: Sheryl McAlister, NationsBank Corporation, 305-928-1089/
 (NB) CO: NationsBank-Florida; NationsBank Corporation ST: Florida, North Carolina IN: FIN SU:


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