Maryland has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. Schools are closing for the next few weeks. Rec council programs are canceled. Workers are telecommuting. It’s a lot to process and might feel overwhelming.

The best defense is a good offense. Looking for how to start figuring out the new temporary normal? Here are six things to do right now…

COVID-19 and Maryland Families: 6 Things to Do Right Now

Talk to your kids. This is a lot to process for the younger set (heck, it’s a lot for us to process). Kids are much less stressed when they understand what’s happening rather than being kept in the dark. Here are tips for talking to your kids from ChildMind.

Know your sources. As in any crisis, there is a ton of wrong information out there. Now is the time to sign-up for Baltimore City Emergency Alerts, to bookmark Baltimore County Government Coronavirus website, and to bookmark the Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Website

Make a plan. Home base is where it’s at for the next few weeks. Time to make a plan before everyone loses their minds. Sit down with your kids and decide what they would like to do/learn/create/read over the next few weeks and stock up on supplies. Make a schedule for your family — especially if you’ll need to have time to work, too. Public libraries have amazing digital resources, as do the school districts. Be on the look out from emails from your child’s teacher. 

We’ll be sharing daily “keep ’em busy” ideas, too.

Check your medical and cleaning supplies. If you or anyone in your family becomes sick, the last thing you want to do is go out. Have a thermometer, fever reducer, tissues and soap on hand. If you don’t want to take your kids to the store, Instacart delivers. (Maybe check your coffee stock, too? Just saying…)

Help your village. Have friends who are healthcare workers or in the National Guard? They are likely in crisis mode right now trying to figure out how to provide care for their children. Help them out. Take the kids for a play date for the day. Take them a meal. See what they need. This is the time to get creative.

Remember the small businesses you love. The economic impact of a virtual shut down is going to be very hard on small businesses — especially restaurants and retailers. This would be a really good time to stock up on gift cards from them. They’ll be elated to take your order over the phone.

 

Notice we didn’t say stock up on toilet paper? Given the state of store shelves, we figure you already have. But now is also a good time to make sure you have two weeks supply of food and water… in accordance with guidelines from the Maryland Health Department.