Businesses identified as potential terrorist targets keeping employees in the loop

The three NY-area businesses named in the Department of Homeland Security's identification of potential Al-Qaeda terrorist threats have responded with messages to their employees and the outside world.

The three NY-area businesses named in the Department of Homeland Security's identification of potential Al-Qaeda terrorist threats have responded with messages to their employees and the outside world.

The New York Stock Exchange's CEO John A. Thain released a statement on Sunday detailing his contact with Homeland Security Department secretary Tom Ridge and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. In addition, the statement said, NYSE SVP of security Jim Esposito has been in constant contact with the New York Police Department and the FBI.

"The safety of our employees, members, and everyone who works in the NYSE facilities is our #1 priority and is of the utmost importance to us," the statement read.

It reassured the public that the exchange would be open for normal business hours and as a sign of support, Bloomberg would ring today's bell.

Prudential today provided a statement early in the day from company chairman and CEO Arthur Ryan, and is posting security tips throughout the day, according to Laurita Warner, the VP of global communications.

The gist of the statement, Warner said, was that Prudential "will do whatever it takes to provide a safe environment, and continue to communicate that."

The same message applies to customers and the outside world, she said.

"We're taking it one day at a time," Warner said. "Employees are coming to work, and the mood is business as usual."

She said that while the extra security precautions make some employees anxious, it also made them feel more assured.

She said that Prudential was stepping up its own security force and is receiving assistance from an increased local and state police presence since the announcement yesterday. The company added more safety barricades and additional security screening procedures.

There are 6,000 Prudential employees in Newark, with 1,000 of them in the Prudential Plaza Building on Broad Street.

The New York Times reported that Citigroup officials sent employees were an e-mail that mentioned the "increased the level of security measures employed at our NYC buildings."

Citigroup and the NYSE could not be reached immediately for comment.

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