COVID-19: Household Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends households have a plan of action to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak. People should think about having daily necessities and medications to last about two weeks, in case they need to isolate. Massive stock piling of supplies is not necessary. Leave some for others, especially those who can’t afford to buy a lot of food all at once.

Individuals and families who need help with needs like food assistance, support for families and other basic needs should call 2-1-1 for assistance.

Everyone should have a plan in case they need to miss work due to illness or need to care for a sick family member. NCDHHS has guidance for caring for an individual who has COVID-19 in their home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also released a list of cleaning products to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

More information on household planning is available from the CDC.