MERRILL, Wis. (WAOW) -- What if COVID-19 spreads throughout Central Wisconsin? That's the question residents and businesses are asking themselves.
For Church Mutual, they have employees located throughout the U.S. traveling back and forth.
However, so far they've been fortunate.
Stephanie Lynn, Senior Director for Enterprise Risk at Church Mutual said, "We have extremely limited international travel and we haven't had to cancel anything at this point."
The company is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, putting a plan in place but also thinking long term.
"We have a cross-functional team across the organization that meets regularly to discuss this topic," said Lynn.
There is no end in sight just yet for COVID-19, Becky Mroczenski, Communicable Disease Manager for the Marathon County Health Department said, "It's important to be prepared because you don't know how long the emergency will last."
Church Mutual is addressing what they need to do in order to keep their business and employees working during times of an emergency.
"What are our mission critical business functions that absolutely need to be running at all times, how many staff members are in those areas whether they're capable of working from home or that they need to be a you know alternate location," said Lynn.
And while that may work for a business, what about your family?
Marathon County Health Department officials say building your own survival kit might not be a bad idea.
"There are standard things that are recommended in a survival kit, like food, water, and a flashlight," said Mroczenski. She went on to say, "having those things on hand can get people through a day, a couple of days or even a little bit longer if they need."
Health official also says you don't need to stop going on airplanes, trains or buses just try to put more space between yourself and others whenever possible.