State Increasing Security Measures


Aug 2, 2004, 07:59

Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security is increasing specific security measures and reaching out to financial institutions in Delaware following threats announced by the federal Department of Homeland Security on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004.

Federal authorities raised the terrorism alert threat level to orange for financial institutions in New York, northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C., based on "unusually specific" information about intended attacks on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington, Prudential Financial in New Jersey and Citigroup and the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The rest of the country remains on yellow alert.

"Because of Delaware's proximity to the areas mentioned and because of our own financial sector, which includes Citigroup, I have directed Safety and Homeland Security to take a number of precautions and to offer any assistance required to Delaware financial institutions," Gov. Minner said. "Beyond that, we ask for vigilance by the people of Delaware for any actions that are threatening or out of the ordinary. There is no known specific threat to Delaware, but caution is always warranted."

Beginning immediately, Gov. Minner said the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security will:

* Work in concert with federal and local law enforcement partners to offer assistance to financial institutions in reviewing and updating their homeland security plans in light of information released by federal Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge;

* Brief the leadership of Public Safety agencies in Delaware including law enforcement, fire and EMS with regard to information announced by DHS. The Department will also continue its partnership with federal officials and continue our communication with regard to specific concerns announced Sunday; and

* Work in concert with private security companies that provide protection in Delaware in light of the information DHS put forth Sunday.

Gov. Minner and state homeland security officials were notified of the threat and federal reaction in a conference call shortly after noon on Sunday.

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