Pandemic Planning: How To Prepare Your Family

Here is a basic list of what you can start doing or continue to do in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 in your community. Be safe and I hope you find this resource helpful.


  • Wash your hands.
  • If you are sick stay home.
  • Stay home as much as you can even if you aren’t sick. If you need to work or go out try to create a 6 foot buffer between yourself and other people.
  • Don’t panic. Write out a list of what you can control now.
  • Don’t stockpile. That time has past. Buy what you need when you need it. Stockpiling now will create strain on the supply chain.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your house and high traffic areas frequently. Door knobs, light switches, toilet handle, sink, countertops, etc.
  • Clean highly touched areas in your car (steering wheel, door handles, buckets, etc.). Keep hand sanitizer in your car. Use it immediately after you buckle your seat belt.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Take off your shoes when you enter your house.
  • Wash your hands when you get home. My husband is a firefighter and he showers immediately when he comes home after shift and clothes go right into hamper to be washed.
  • Learn to flush the toilet. Make sure you are flushing with the lid down. Here is the order: go to the bathroom, wash your hands, dry your hands, put the lid down and flush. This virus has been found in fecal matter and flushing can cause particles to become airborne. So make sure the lid is closed before you flush.
  • Wash your hands ;).


If you are in a city that is already experiencing a limited supply of these items now is not the time to stockpile. If your area is not seeing community transmission and items are readily available pick up a few extras each time you buy groceries.

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour (make bread)
  • Yeast (make bread)
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Canned Veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Canned Fruit
  • Dry Fruit
  • Dried Beans
  • Frozen Meat/Fish
  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Protein Bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • Candy/Chocolate/Snacks
  • Protein Mix
  • 2 Week Supply of Water


  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Thermomater
  • Batteries
  • Alcohol Based Sanitizer
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Face Masks
  • N95 Respirators
  • Eye Protection (face shield or swimming goggles)
  • Household Disinfectant
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Medicine Dropper
  • Packaged Drink Mixes (the ones that contain sugar & salt)
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol


  • 1-2 month supply of prescription drugs
  • 1-2 months of OTC meds
  • 2 month supply of Advil and Tylenol
  • Vitamin C or Emergen-C Packets
  • Vitamin D


  • Get adequate sleep. This is going to be a marathon not a sprint.
  • Unplug. Take breaks from the news and social media.
  • Check in daily with your loved ones. A quick call, text, or FaceTime chat can keep you connected while social distancing measures are needed to protect our most vulnerable populations.
  • Exercise. There are many resources available to help you workout at home. Check out my workouts HERE.
  • Read that book, watch the movie at home, or do the puzzle that has been sitting in your closet.
  • If the “What If’s?” start to plague your thoughts check out my previous post on 10 Bible Verses for Anxiety.


  • Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities during a Pandemic. This document by the Department of Homeland Security shares Best Practices for First responders. It has great information in here even for the general public. I found this on the internet.
  • The pages below were found from Alabama State Pandemic Exercise Guide. The website is not responding currently but here are screenshots of the pages and what to talk about with your family.

And to anyone still saying this is just the flu please read this article, Coronavirus burial pits so vast they’re visible from space, from the Washington Post.


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