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Emergency Preparedness for COVID19: A Family Plan

Updated on April 6, 2020
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

The Facts

Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is crucial to ensure that your family will be protected in case of a natural disaster. In this case, is a pandemic that has taken us by surprise. According to the CDC, as of 4/6/2020:

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 330,891
  • Total deaths: 8,910
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.
† Numbers updated Saturday and Sunday are not confirmed by state and territorial health departments. 
These numbers will be modified when numbers are updated on Monday.

Being informed about all the steps to take in advance will facilitate the family with a sense of security. According to FEMA, the array of disasters that Americans could face at any giving moment is varied. From hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, are just the most common of the situations that we may encounter.

This is not only a possibility but is a mathematical certainty that this has changed the way we work, shop and even worship. Being aware of the risks in your area ensures and facilitates the family with options and information on how you can better protect your family. Your primary concern is to make a family plan and make an emergency kit. This can make all the difference when time means saving lives. According to the CDC:

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Let’s take into consideration that emergency services, in the case of a medical emergency can be delayed due to the priority of the sick and the area. So keep yourself healthy and shortening the time exposing yourself and others.

Keeping this in mind, we have to make sure that we are prepared to be comfortable and out of the way for at least that 2 weeks. There are a couple of things that your emergency kit must-have. And also keep in mind your family’s special needs like pets, babies, medications and the elderly.

Very Important! First aid kit

It's imperative that you have a proper first aid kit. There are pre-made first aid kits everywhere at a very good price. Make sure that is equipped with the necessary items to take care of your family in these times of emergency. Get acquainted with the symptoms of COVID19. Make sure you have these items secured in your home. ( Make sure to check expiration dates and that any prescription you may need is filled and delivered to you)

Prescriptions are even more important because these medications are needed for any sick person in your household. Have a zipploc baggie separating family members' meds for easy access. Do an inventory in your home and see how many of these items you already have. If you dont have something try to get it ASAP.


2. Homemade mask for every member of the family. ( they are easy to make)

3. Fever reducing medicine

4. Flu medicine

5. Cough drops

6. Dental analgesic ( We don't need a toothache now)

7. Alcohol 50% to 70%

8. Bandaids and antibiotic ointment. (First aid is very important)

9. First aid website or book ( Get acquainted with first aid techniques) Yes. You can get certified in first aid and CPR online. When we have small kids or convalescent folks at home, this is key.

10. A notebook ( paper or digital) to record any sick, symptoms, temperature etc. this could come in handy if someone needs to go to the hospital.

*If anyone in the home has a respiratory condition please make sure any respiratory therapy machine is up to date and disinfected.


It’s imperative to have a food kit for each member of the family for at least 3 days. Customize it to fit the needs of that person. For example; my son loves nuts, but my daughter is allergic to them so, it can be wise to let each family member participate in their own kit. Elderly folk have very different needs, take this into consideration when packing for them too. Use individual backpacks so everyone can carry their kit with them in case you have to evacuate. There are also MRE’s or meals ready to eat, that can be a good idea in case of an emergency.

Another thing is, the family food storage. This has to include:

  • One gallon of water per day for each member of the family. ( Very important)
  • Plan meals and evaluate how much food you will need for your family.
  • Try to accommodate those needs with non-perishables such as canned food.
  • Get information about how to store food and how to rotate them.
  • Don’t forget comfort foods!!!!
  • Make sure that you have a mess kit (to prepare your family meals)
  • A cooking or heating device as a camp stove.
  • Make everything accessible. That is in case that you have to move from one location to another.

Safeguarding Documents

  • Birth certificates
  • Insurance Cards
  • Personal identification documents
  • Names and numbers of doctors, the insurance company, local Emergency Agency
  • Photos and keepsakes
  • Medical documents
  • Deeds and titles

*There are awesome articles about handling personal documents and how to have them accessible.

Try to keep them in a waterproof container.

Don't forget your pet

Don’t forget to have a bag with pet food and their medications. I also have a spare leash. Be aware of any new guidelines in your area about curfew and walking your pets.


This is a worldwide emergency. This means that resources are scattered and until we figure out the logistics of this emergency. Be mindful of others. Some people don't have a car or family to take them every day to the store, to try to buy a roll of toilet paper.

Be analytical about this. Listen to the doctors and scientists, not any moron that thinks they have something to add. Be smart about this. A house that is in order can weather anything.

Get a kit, make a plan and stay informed

On a final note

Since the 2012 end of the world scare, many are starting to take notice of the dangerous consequences of not having an emergency plan. Now it has become a self-fulfilled prophecy, and we are not ready. Every day I see how monsters take advantage of their fans and supporters. Take control of the things you CAN control. With patience and diligence, we can get through this.

The world has changed forever. Make sure you are doing your part to help ease this challenging time. Please stay informed. Use reliable sources like the CDC and WHO.

We are in this together.

There's so much information on the subject and video tutorials that will make it easy for you and your family to be prepared. Blessings!

© 2012 Anan Celeste


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      5 years ago

      Way to go on this esasy, helped a ton.

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you freezedry! I will check it out.

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      6 years ago

      With all the news we've heard from the previous natural disasters like hurricane that happened in U.S., it is important to be always prepared. Emergency preparedness should be in every family - whenever and wherever they are. There is no place that is immune from disasters. Your hub is source of useful information about emergency preparedness. Beside from online sources, another good source of emergency preparedness are magazines like Be Ready! magazine.

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      7 years ago

      Very well written hub with concise information on emergency preparedness. I have do a lot of browsing on the subject and it dovetails with information available on many, many websites that deal with emergency preparedness in one way or another.

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      8 years ago from Kenai, Alaska

      Nice hub. Our family met a few years ago and decided where we would all meet up in the case of a disaster. That seemed to be the spark that got us thinking more about emergency planning. I like your point about essential resources may not be plastic or money.


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