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Be COVID ready

Preparations in case you, or someone in your household becomes unwell, or if COVID-19 becomes common in our community.

Be COVID ready

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  • Essential supplies on hand so you will not need to leave your home if you become ill
    • Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items every time you shop
    • Remember to renew your prescription medications
  • Alternative arrangements in case you become ill or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example:
    • Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become ill
    • If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place
    • If you need to self-isolate away from your home have a back-up person to feed/exercise/ look after your animals
    • Talk to your employer about working from home if possible

  • Healthcare
    • Your doctor
    • Your pharmacy
    • Healthline
  • Your support network
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Neighbours
    • School
    • Work

Make a list of household instructions for tasks you usually do, though cannot while isolating. This may include:

  • feeding pets
  • paying bills
  • watering plants

  • Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours.
  • Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.

  • Food
    • Dried pasta and rice
    • Pasta sauces
    • Canned soups, vegetables and beans
    • Pet food and supplies
    • Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
    • Dried or long life milk
    • Baking supplies
  • Hygiene
    • Toilet paper
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Nappies and wipes
    • Facial tissue
    • Soap, shampoo and conditioner
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Health care
    • Regular medicines
    • Thermometer
    • Fever-reducing medications (e.g. paracetamol/ibuprofen)
    • Throat lozenges
    • Medical masks
    • Household rubber gloves
    • Tissues
    • Heat and cool packs
  • Cleaning
    • Paper towels
    • Plastic bin bags
    • Laundry detergent
    • Regular household cleaning products
    • Hard-surface disinfectant, or if not available, concentrated (5%) liquid bleach and a separate container for dilution

  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Cards/Games
  • Podcasts
  • Music
  • TV/Netflix
  • Colouring and other activities for children
  • Radio
  • Community and daily newspapers
  • Batteries
  • Outdoor activities for in your yard
  • House projects to keep adults who are well busy
  • Colouring and other activities for children

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