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Preparedness Tips

Preparedness Tips

While health professionals continue to advise that the risk of contracting Covid-19 remains low in Southern Nevada, the City is taking a proactive, social distancing approach to protect the health and safety of the Henderson community.

Social distancing protocols require the cancellation of CCSD classes and all city recreation centers, pools, sports leagues, programs and tournaments through April 13. It is time to take a break from our normal routine.

Instead of letting panic set in, get prepared. Make rational and informed decisions.
Here is a helpful list to get you started.

Social distancing protocols require the cancellation of CCSD classes and all city recreation centers, pools, sports leagues, programs and tournaments through April 13. It is time to take a break from our normal routine.
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Have an Action Plan

  • Develop an emergency contact list so you have names and numbers handy.
  • Learn about the emergency procedures at your schools, childcare facilities, and workplace.
  • Choose a room in your home where, if necessary, you would be able to isolate a sick household member.


Get Prepared

  • Take inventory of the items you have on hand before going shopping and only buy in quantities that are necessary.
  • Think about what everyone in your household—especially those at high risk because of medical conditions or age—will do and need in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community.


What You Need

Food: To minimize extra trips to the grocery store, plan to have two weeks' worth of long-lasting staples like rice, beans, pasta, soup, canned fruit and vegetables. Don’t forget pet food!

Face masks: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Over-the-counter medicine: As with the seasonal flu, chief symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, body aches, and coughing.  Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can help to treat fevers and aches. Make sure you have a proper functioning thermometer to monitor potential fevers.

Prescription drugs: Secure a three-month supply of prescription medications. Ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription and consider getting it delivered through the mail, which can save money and eliminate regular trips to the drugstore where you might encounter people who are sick.

Household and Cleaning Supplies: 

  • Soap
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disinfectant cleaners

The coronavirus is effectively destroyed by almost any household cleaner or simple soap and water, or buy one of the disinfectant products on this list referenced by the CDC.

Get in the habit of routinely cleaning any household surfaces that you frequently come into contact with. The CDC’s list includes countertops, faucets, door knobs, drawer pulls, light switches, computer keyboards, tablets, remote controls, toilets, telephones, and the handles of brooms, mops, and pots and pans.

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What You Don't Need

Bottled water: Although water is often the first thing that people stock up on during natural disasters such as earthquakes, because they may disrupt or contaminate water supplies, in this case, you do not need to stock up on pallets of water to prepare for the coronavirus. Plan to have a gallon, of tap or bottled water, per day per person.


The Extras You May Want

WiFi: Check your WiFi to make sure it is working properly, especially if you need to work or study from home.

Tech-Free Entertainment:  Pull out the board games and playing cards.

Book or Magazines: Visit your online library or bookstore to catch up on a few good reads.

Exercise guides or equipment: Maintaining an exercise routine can be vital to both mental and physical health. A jump rope, balance ball, or light weights don’t take up much space and can add variety to your exercise routine.