Prepare Your Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has made preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies a little more complicated, but also (if possible) more important as we head into peak months of the hurricane and wildfire seasons.
People, especially those who are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and live in areas prone to hurricanes and wildfires, should prepare now for the effects these and other hazards can have on personal and public health. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.
- Take action to create a family-sized emergency supply kit and smaller “go kits” for your family. Include personal needs, disinfectant wipes and spray, bar or liquid soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, and at least two masks per person age 2 or older in your household. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect yourself and others when running essential errands.
- Stay informed of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected emergency preparedness and response planning where you live. Pay attention to local guidance for evacuations and shelters. Your shelter location may be different this year because of the pandemic.
- Find ways to support your community while taking steps to protect yourself and others in your home and community from COVID-19. For example, offer to help gather disaster supplies (e.g., shop for personal needs and pick up prescriptions) for those who are older, have mobility issues, use public transportation, or are at increased risk for severe illness.
CDC will continue to provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available. Follow verified sources of reliable information, including @CDCgov, @CDCemergency, @CDCenvironment, and the social media handles of your state and local health departments.
Be prepared to protect your family’s health and well-being until help arrives.
Have a strategy for staying healthy, informed, connected, and calm.