• March 6, 2020 4:17 PM

What can I do to protect myself and my family?

What can I do to protect myself and my family?

What can I do to protect myself and my family? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

Start good hygiene practices now, and begin preparing your family and home over the coming days and weeks.

  1. Practice good hygiene:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
    • Keep your hands clean. Wash hands with soap and water or by using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. And, don’t forget to clean your cell phone, if you use one.
    • Stay away from people who are sick.
    • Do not touch your face (nose, eyes, mouth) because viruses can spread to you when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what should be done if a pandemic occurs, and what the needs of each person will be.
  1. Plan for how to care for family members if they get sick:
    • Discuss how you are going to care for family members or loved ones if they become ill, including how to protect the ones giving care.
    • Think about a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. If possible, also choose a bathroom that only the sick person would use. Plan to clean these rooms daily. Learn how to care for someone at home.
    • Identify alternative childcare or consider keeping your children at home.
    • If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to stay connected to neighbors, information, and resources. The County is posting regular messages to its website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
    • Identify organizations in your community that can help. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
    • Create an emergency contact list. Ensure that your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, and other community resources.
  1. Stock up on recommended supplies:
    • Keep a 2-week supply of food in the home. You do not need to purchase bottled water. Tap water is safe and coronavirus is not transmitted through the water supply.
    • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home. If you can, have at least a one-month supply of your prescription drugs.
    • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins, and also a thermometer to monitor temperatures of anyone feeling feverish.
    • Ensure a ready supply of cleaning supplies (soap, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizers, bleach, rubber gloves, disposable face masks, tissues, toilet paper, and cold medicines.
  1. Practice self-care to reduce stress:
    • It can be as simple as taking time throughout your day to take a deep breath, connect with a friend or loved one, get adequate sleep, have a cup of tea, listen to music. Here are some other ideas for taking care of mental health during a time of uncertainty: Coping with Stress. If you are experiencing extreme anxiety, call your healthcare provider.