Preparing for COVID-19

We are constantly monitoring how the coronavirus is impacting communities, and are working closely with government, health, public safety, and non-governmental partners to share important and timely information. It is with this in mind that we have gathered the following tips to help you, your family, and your neighbors prepare.

  1. STAY INFORMED: To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, check the CDC site regularly or sign up for the CDC newsletter here, and share the information with your neighbors.
  2. BE PREPARED: Make sure to have enough food, household supplies, water, vitamins and medications for each person (and pet) in your home. If you run out of supplies, let neighbors know so they can share or direct you to available supplies at businesses in your local area. Should you become ill, it is important to have health supplies on hand including pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, and fluids with electrolytes.
  3. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS: Talk with your neighbors (particularly the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions) about emergency planning and let them know you’re there to help. According to the CDC, older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Localized community response can be critical during times when federal, state and local authorities are overwhelmed.
  4. PROTECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH: Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. Holiday stress and being away from family and friends during this time can be hard, especially with the ongoing pandemic. During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less isolated. And make sure to take a break outdoors, take care of your body, and take time to yourself for something you enjoy. Free and confidential resources can help you or a loved one by calling 2-1-1. 
  5. IDENTIFY AID ORGANIZATIONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Call 2-1-1 for information regarding, health care services, support, resources, and mental health or counseling services, and more. For text message updates from Brevard County Emergency Management, text BREVARDEOC to 888-777. Or, follow us on Facebook on Twitter at @BrevardEOC.
  6. CREATE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST: Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
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For information about the COVID-19 in Brevard and resources available to people who are impacted, call 2-1-1 between 8am and 6pm.

Or text your ZIP code to 898211 between 9am and midnight.