Home & Family
People should prepare their homes now in the event of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends preparing for the possibility of being quarantined at home for up to two weeks.
There is no need to buy things you will not use later or to stockpile more than you would need for two weeks.
Do you have a two-week supply of these items in your home?
Store a two-week supply of water and food. Be sure to have an adequate supply of infant formula and other foods needed for family members with specific dietary requirements. It is unlikely there will be disruptions to the power or water supply, but canned foods, bottled water, and shelf-stable milk are good choices. The general rule is to store one gallon of water per day per person.
General Household Items
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Dish and laundry detergent
- Hand soap
- Bleach, liquid, and wipes
- First-aid supplies
- Toiletry items such as toothbrushes/paste, contact solution, denture supplies, feminine products, and deodorant
- Garbage bags
- Facial tissues
- Pet supplies including food, medications, and litter
- Prescription medicines. Fill any prescriptions as soon as they are eligible to ensure that you have an ample supply to last through a two-week quarantine. Contact your pharmacist to help with the timing of your orders to ensure that you have enough medicine on hand.
- Over-the-counter items such as pain relievers, antidiarrheal medicine, cough suppressant, or any routine items your family uses.
Items for Children
- For babies and infants
- Powdered formula
- Baby food
- Activity/coloring books
- Age and reading level appropriate books
- Board games
- Card games
As you prepare your family for the possibility of a quarantine, remember to check on family members and neighbors who may need assistance with preparations. There is no need to panic, but be prepared to keep your household running normally and you and your children busy and entertained for two weeks.