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Checklist of Items to Have on Hand for an Extended Stay at Home

Planning now will make it easier for you and your family during a pandemic. One simple action you can take to reduce the impact of a flu or Coronavirus pandemic is to stock up on supplies. This will make it easier to stay at home for an extended period of time and will be helpful in the event that you are unable to get to a store (or if stores are out of supplies).

Stocking personal emergency supplies is a good idea for any type of emergency, but especially for a pandemic, which can last for several months. One easy way to stock up is to simply add a few extra items to your grocery cart each time you shop.

Below are items to have on hand for an extended stay at home: (For additional ideas and suggestions, consult your local Red Cross chapter).

Checklist of Items to Have on Hand for an Extended Stay at HomeExamples of food and nonperishables

Ο  Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups

Ο  Protein or fruit bars □ Dry cereal or granola □ Peanut butter or nuts

Ο  Dried fruit

Ο  Crackers

Ο  Canned juices

Ο  Bottled water

Ο  Canned or jarred baby food and formula

Ο  Pet food

Ο  Other nonperishable foods

Examples of medical, health, and emergency supplies

Ο  Prescribed medical supplies, such as glucose and blood-pressure monitoring equipment

Ο  Soap and water, or alcohol-based (60%–95%) hand wash

Ο  Medicines for fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Ο  Thermometer

Ο  Antidiarrheal medication

Ο  Vitamins

Ο  Fluids with electrolytes

Ο  Cleansing agent/soap

Ο  Flashlight

Ο  Batteries

Ο  Portable radio

Ο  Manual can opener

Ο  Garbage bags

Ο  Tissues, toilet paper, and disposable diapers


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