Items to have ready at home in case you or a member of your family contract COVID-19:
- A thermometer.
- First-aid kit.
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them for personal reference.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure you have a continuous supply in your home.
- Have at least a 30-day supply of medication, including over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen, cough and cold medicine, stomach remedies, fluid with electrolytes and vitamins.
- DO NOT self-prescribe any medication.
- Cloth bandana or something similar to use as a face mask.
- Contact lenses and contact solution.
- Hearing-aid batteries.
Bath and hygiene
- Toilet paper in reasonable amounts.
- Feminine hygiene products.
- Hand soap (you do not need hand sanitizer).
- Laundry detergent.
- Diapers, formula, baby wipes and other infant needs.
- Body wash, shampoo, conditioner and skincare needs.
- Cleaning supplies (disinfectants, floor and window cleaner, cleaning sprays, etc.).
- Dish soap and sponges.
- Paper towels.
There is no definitive list of food items, but nonperishable food items are recommended.
Store additional supplies of food and water to include:
- Dried beans, rice and other grains, like oatmeal.
- Canned fish, chicken, soups and stews.
- Essentials like oil, flour, sugar, salt and pepper, and spices.
- Smoothie blends and protein powder.
- Coffee, tea and powdered milk.
- Snacks that have a longer shelf life, like granolas, dried fruit and nuts.
- Cured meats.
- Meat and poultry (ideally vacuum-sealed), like chicken, beef and pork.
- Avoid fish, which can spoil if not properly frozen.
- Vegetables and fruits.
- Pet food.
- Lighter and/or matches.