What supplies do I need?

Most experts at this point are recommending having two weeks to a month's worth of food and household supplies on hand. These should be non-perishable in nature.

One important note is that stocking up is not because supply chains or basic services will necessarily be disrupted. Power, water and so on are likely to be in service throughout. If you or a family member becomes sick, however, it is important to have the supplies on hand to allow you to self-isolate without putting others in your community at risk.

Recommendations include:


  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oats
  • Flour
  • Fruit & Vegetables (Dried, canned and frozen)
  • Nuts & Nut Butter
  • Oil
  • Spices
  • Frozen meat and seafood
  • Tinned fish
  • Pet food
  • Coffee, tea
  • Alcohol

Household Supplies

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Painkillers (Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen)
  • Cough medicines (Delsym, NyQuil, etc)
  • Children's painkillers / cough medicines
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine care products
  • Diapers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Batteries
  • Trash bags
  • Fuel (heating, vehicles, etc.)