Everyone knows that disasters can happen at any time, and Middlesex County residents are no strangers to dealing with with Mother Nature's extreme impacts that cause emergencies. A disease may not always be considered a disaster, but when a virus reaches around the world, like COVID-19, it is considered a public health emergency. Individuals and families can prepare for ANY emergency, including public health emergencies, by making a kit, having a plan, and staying informed.
To learn more about
preparedness planning visit https://www.ready.gov.
Make a Kit
When preparing for an emergency, such as COVID-19,
your emergency kit should have the following items:
- Additional supplies of food and
- Periodically check your regular
prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and
other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies,
cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Get copies and maintain electronic
versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other
sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic
- Talk with family members and loved
ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be
needed to care for them in your home.
Have a Plan to Protect Your Home
the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your
distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or
sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be
physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat
New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub https://covid19.nj.gov/
NJ 2-1-1 https://www.nj211.org
New Jersey Department of Health https://www.nj.gov/health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency https://www.fema.gov
the additional helpful resources below to help yourself better
Create a Family Emergency Plan When and How to Wash Your Hands
Emergency Kit Checklist Getting Your Home Ready for a Pandemic
Looking for more COVID-19 information here in Middlesex County?
Return to Office of Health Services