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.


The Night America Woke Up to COVID-19

In the span of 30 minutes tonight after President Trump gave an address on the coronavirus, actor Tom Hanks announced himself and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19. This was followed by basketball player Rudy Gobert’s testing positive for COVID-19 and the NBA announcing an indefinite suspension for the rest of season. I was just about to publish this post when I saw the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory and is now telling US citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Image Source: NY Times

I have been closely following this story since mid January. Lately I have felt like I am living in a movie with an unbelievable plot. From the first whistle blower in China, Dr. Li Wenliang, being diagnosed and dying of the virus and to citizen journalists Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin going missing after sharing videos from hospitals in Wuhan these men, along with many more reporters, deserve the entire worlds thanks and gratitude. If not for them the world would not have known about this virus or its severity.

In the United States testing is still widely unavailable. Without mass testing capacity there is limited data available to show where the virus is spreading and how many people have it. I live in Arizona, population 7.172 million, and at the time of this post being published we have tested 100 people. At this point we all need to assume that it is rapidly moving among all our communities. The lack of testing and limiting testing criteria shouldn’t have happened. Crucial time was wasted.

Tonight proves to all Americans who have not been paying attention or brushing this off as “just the flu” that this needs to be taken seriously. The United States has recently started exporting cases to other countries which means that the virus has been active and undetected in multiple cities for several weeks.

Two weeks ago the world started seeing a large number of cases that were linked to recent travel from Italy. Today Italy reported 2,313 new cases and 196 new deaths. In total Italy has reported 12,462 cases, 827 deaths, with 1,028 in serious condition and 1,045 recovered. Scientists have been saying that the United States is two weeks behind Italy in regards to virus spread.

If you have not started preparing you need to. The CDC recommends having a two week supply of water/food and extra prescription medication. Social distancing is going to be something we hear for awhile. No more handshakes, cover your coughs and sneezes, don’t go out when you are sick, and stay home as much as you can. Now is not the time to panic. Make a plan and start getting prepared. There is only so much at this time that we can control. If you feel anxious start making a list of what you can control now. I will have a follow up post to help with this soon.

Know that you have a voice. Be positive and be kind but speak up. We need to hear how our local governments are trying to flatten the curve. Use your voice to encourage and use your voice to inform others. We need to hear from first responders and healthcare workers at the front lines of this pandemic. And yes, it is officially a pandemic as of today, the World Health Organization finally made the announcement this morning.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been diagnosed and to their loved ones. Stay safe!


Suja Three Day Fresh Start from Costco Review

On one of my many recent trips to Costco I came across the Suja Three Day Fresh Start box and was intrigued. It was on sale for $15 and I decided to give it a try. I also got a box for Josh.

The box comes with 9 cold press juices and a meal plan. The meal plan features a plant based recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The recipes included overnight oats, crunchy veggie bowl, and roasted veggies and lentils.

Everything is laid out easily for you to follow. And there is even a grocery shopping list include.

What I Loved

You can’t beat the cost of this boxed set. While you still have to buy your food and prep your meals, $15 for the juices and all the information included is a great price.

Three days is also a very doable length of time. I think if you are newer to plant based eating or wanting to clean up your diet this would be a great way to start. Josh and I are wanting to try to add a few meals each week that are plant based and this gave us some ideas for dinners.

I have done juice cleanses in the past and I honestly don’t think I could do one currently during this season in my life. I appreciate that there are products for people who are looking to make incremental changes when it comes to their eating and love that Costco is selling this!

What I Disliked

The drinks caused both myself and Josh to have horrible stomach cramps. Mine hit at night and his was in the morning. I am fairly certain it was directly related to the juices because since finishing this a week ago I haven’t had any issues. My stomach was rock hard from all the cramping and at one point I was curled up on the floor in our bedroom because it hurt so bad.

I have had Suja juices before and never had this problem, but these drinks were all new to me flavors so maybe that is why? I honestly have no idea. Maybe the high amount of fiber in my diet also had something to do with it.

Regardless, I was not a fan of all the stomach issues I had and if this had been more than three days I would have had to stop before it was over.

Would I Recommend This Product


Out of 5 stars, I give the Suja Three Day Fresh Start a 3 star review. I love the price point and the idea of this, but it killed my insides. For someone who is looking to jumpstart their nutrition, or add in more plant based eating to their diet, this could be a good option. But because of the experience Josh and I had I am leery of this combination of juices. If you have tried this please let me know if it hurt your stomach too. I am curious to see if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.