Outbreak resources - checklists


Checklist for congregational planning:


Guidelines for institutions of higher learning:


Example of church resource inventories:


Pandemic Flu Prep – Family Checklist

(thanks to Dr. G. Arsenault; taken from "Of Churches, Pandemics, and Emergency Preparedness…” by Tim Foggin and Marg Pollon)


  • Can you work from home?
  • How will your business manage during a pandemic? (More work, or less work?)
    • If more work, how will your family be cared for when you can’t be there?
    • If less work, how will you manage with less or no income?

Basic supplies (at least 2 weeks worth, more is better)

  • Food that doesn’t need to be frozen or kept in the fridge
  • Pet food, if you have pets
  • Usual medications
  • Toilet paper, tissues, hand soap, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent,
    dishwashing soap, dishwasher soap, bleach
  • Anything else you buy regularly (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • A stock of bottled water, or a rain barrel

School or daycare

  • Is your school set up for distance education or can you do homeschooling?
  • If school / daycare closes, how will your child(ren) be cared for?
  • How will you keep your child(ren) safe, busy, and entertained?

Supplies in case someone gets sick

  • Soups, juices, electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, Gastrolyte, etc.)
  • Easily prepared food
  • Thermometer
  • Acetaminophen
  • Masks, goggles, gloves
  • Gowns or something that can be used as gowns


  • During a pandemic, health care, banks, stores, restaurants, government offices, postal service, the bus, taxis, and other services may be unavailable.
  • What services do you and your family use regularly?
  • How will you manage if these services are not available?

Support networks

  • Who will look after you if you get sick?
  • Who will look after your family if you get sick?
  • Who will need your care if they get sick?


  • Wash or sanitize your hands often, and always after coughing, sneezing, nose blowing, or taking off a mask
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues or into your upper sleeve, not into the air
  • Keep the lid down on the toilet and toothbrushes and cups 1 meter from the toilet
  • Regularly sanitize frequently touched surfaces at home, school, and work, with 1 part 5% bleach to 50 parts of water, or 60-90% rubbing alcohol, or a commercial cleaner.
  • Use virus-safe greetings: bow, wave, touch elbow-to-elbow – don’t shake hands or touch other people with your hands
  • Get vaccinated against regular influenza every year
  • Check to see if you need a vaccination against pneumococcal disease, and get it if you do.  Stay home when you’re sick.