NU Online News Service, March 7, 2003, 5:36 p.m. EST – The American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, has helped establish the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council.

The council, which represents 23 financial services trade associations and financial institutions, will try to protect the U.S. financial infrastructure from the effects of a national disaster, the ACLI says.

The council will try to help spread information about threats; coordinate responses to major disasters; educate financial institutions about homeland security; and share knowledge that financial institutions can use to protect the financial services infrastructure, according to the ACLI.