Emergency Preparedness

Helpful Tips and Guidelines for Emergency Preparedness

Developing An Emergency Preparedness Checklist

We urge all families to plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family recommendations by the CDC

Helpful Tips in Preparedness Planning

  • Store a two week supply of food and cleaning supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications, and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
  • Set up a plan for child care if schools are closed and caregivers must work. Consider setting up play groups/day care to rotate responsibility.

There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve in the U.S.

  • Learn how your children’s school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. 
  • If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
  • Share safety messaging with family members and neighbors who may not have access to it.

Use these checklist and recommendations to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family.

Checklist for Families and Individuals

Emergency Preparedness and Response Recommendations by the CDC

Support for Older Adults

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 recommendations from the CDC