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Be COVID Ready





Get your household prepared 

There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you, or someone in your household becomes 
unwell, or if COVID-19 becomes common in our community and you need to isolate at home.
On this page

> Make a plan 

> Have your contacts ready

> Have household instructions ready

> Communicate

> Protect yourself and others against COVID-19

> Shopping checklist

> Being at home checklist

Make a plan that includes
  • 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
  • Click here for a printable checklist for getting your household ready if someone gets COVID-19.
Have your contacts ready


  • Your doctor
  • Your pharmacy
  • Healthline

Your support network

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Neighbours
  • School
  • Work
Have household instructions ready

Make a list of household instructions of things you usually do but cannot while isolating, such as:

  • feeding pets
  • paying bills
  • watering the plants
  • instructions on how to use things
  • Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours.
  • 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.
Protect yourself and others against COVID-19
  • Get vaccinated
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms even if they are mild
  • Keep track of where you have been
  • Wear a face mask
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Maintain physical distancing
Shopping checklist


  • 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


  • 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. paracetomol/ibuprofen)
  • throat lozengers
  • medical masks
  • household rubber gloves
  • tissues
  • heat and cool packs


  • 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
Be prepared for being at home checklist
  • puzzles
  • books
  • magazines
  • cards/games
  • podcasts
  • soothing 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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