Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Banks address U.S. alert



By Jeff McKinney
Enquirer staff writer

Some major financial institutions in Greater Cincinnati are taking notice of heightened alerts that terrorists may strike U.S. banking and securities centers.

Security personnel at Fifth Third Bank met Monday with local and regional law enforcement agencies to review the bank's preparedness and plans in the event of an attack, said Robbie Jennings, a bank spokeswoman.

Fifth Third has more than 130 offices in the Cincinnati area.

Cleveland-based National City Corp., which last month acquired Provident Bank's 52 offices in the region, also has alerted its employees. After homeland security officials issued an alert Sunday, National City posted a bulletin to employees on its intranet, spokeswoman Amber Garwood said.

Huntington Bank also posted an intranet memo Monday reassuring employees at its 30 offices in the area that the bank has security measures in place, said Jeri Grier-Ball, a Huntington spokeswoman.

U.S. Bank officials also have talked with their employees, said spokesman Steve Dale. The bank has about 115 offices in the Cincinnati region.

E-mail jmckinney@enquirer.com




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