(NOTE: This news release is being issued on behalf of the County of Orange.)
The County of Orange is encouraging residents to create a family preparedness plan in the event they are impacted by COVID-19. Family preparedness is a mainstay of planning for emergencies such as earthquakes and fires, and they are equally important during a health pandemic.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to reach out to trusted family, friends or neighbors who may be able to assist, should a child’s parent or caregiver be diagnosed with COVID-19 and require hospitalization and/or isolation.
“We want families to be ready in the event a caregiver unexpectedly is diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Debra Baetz, Director of Orange County Social Services Agency. “By taking some simple steps, families can help alleviate the stress of an unforeseen health emergency and ensure their loved ones are cared for.”
Here are some important things to consider when putting together a family plan:
A family plan template to capture this information can be found at http://readyoc.com/pdfs/FamilyEmergencyPlane_Engspan.pdf.
For more information visit www.ready.gov/pandemic.
For questions related to COVID-19, contact the Orange County COVID-19 Hotline at 1(833)426-6411, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).
For COVID-19 updates and resources from the City of Santa Ana, go to www.santa-ana.org/covid19; follow @CityofSantaAna on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; sign up to receive email and text alerts at Nixle.com; download the mySantaAna app; and join Nextdoor.com to connect with neighbors and get City news.