Credit unions in Texas border towns were going to extra lengths Thursday with distribution of hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and cans of Lysol to even take home to protect employees against coming down with the swine flu.
One CEO said she avoided shaking hands with a vendor and cleaned his chair after he left the premises "and we're even wiping off the pens after members use them and we're cleaning door knobs, too."
"Our supply of surgical masks comes in tomorrow and we will have them available for any one who wants one," said Maria Martinez, president/CEO of Border FCU in Del Rio which called off a Youth Fair Saturday because of the flu scare.
One employee at NAFT CU in Pharr actually became ill with the flu though hospital officials have not determined whether it is the swine strain, said Suzy Brinkman-Doughty, president/CEO.
Her CU, she said, has been well prepared for the pandemic following disaster recovery guidelines issued by regulators in 2000 and put to use during hurricane season. NAFT, she said, has at the ready "Rubbermaid type" containers or kits with all of the needed supplies.
"I feel lucky today since I just came back from Mexico a week ago on a trip arranged by the Mexican Consulate," said Martinez of Border FCU adding she feels just fine.