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Office 72 Hour Kits

For most of us, the office is our home away from home.  We spend a good chunk of our week there and are quite likely to be in the office when a natural disaster strikes.  I know, it isn’t very fun to think about earthquakes, tornados, winter storms and power outages, but it should be a great comfort to know that you are prepared for one at the office.  Emergency services and government agencies may not be able to respond immediately to your needs. History has shown time and again that people who prepare experience less disruption when emergencies occur, and are able to resume their lives more quickly than those who do not prepare.

 

Preparing for emergencies takes only a few hours a year. Being prepared can save your life, minimize damage to your property, and help you recover more quickly following an emergency.  It is not difficult to put together an office 72 hour kit and every employee should have one.   Below are some ideas for an office emergency kit that were found on the Emergency Management website for Whatcom County, WA.

 

Pack in a portable, weather-resistant container (backpacks work well). Every employee should have a kit that includes at least one each of the items identified with an asterisk.

Brought From Home/Supplied by Office:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Antacid tablets
  • Aspirin & non-aspirin pain relievers *
  • Cash, spare change *
  • Change of clothing *
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Comfort items – Books, cards, hard candy *
  • Contact lens supplies or glasses, if needed *
  • Disinfectant
  • Food (see below for examples) *
  • Maps – city and county
  • Matches in weatherproof container *
  • Mess kit-Disposable plates/utensils
  • Needles and thread
  • Paper and pencils/pens *
  • Paper towels
  • Personal hygiene items *
  • Plastic garbage bags *
  • Prescription drugs *
  • Rain gear
  • Signal flares
  • Soap
  • Sturdy shoes or boots *
  • Toilet paper *
  • Towels *

Food and Water Supply Examples per Person

  • Apple Juice: 2 – 7.5 oz. cans (flip top)
  • Granola Bars: 2 bars
  • Mixed Fruit: 2 – 4.5 oz. cans
  • Pork and Beans: 2 – 8 oz. cans
  • Peanut Butter: One small jar
  • Smoked or dried meats (beef-jerky)
  • Tuna: 2 – 3.25 oz. cans
  • Unsalted crackers: 4 oz.
  • Bottled spring water: 3 gallons

Purchase Order/Donations

TOOLS:

  • Adjustable wrench, 10in
  • Bolt cutters
  • Camp hatchet
  • Chisel
  • Claw hammer
  • Crow bar, 18″
  • Folding shovel
  • Hacksaw & blades
  • Nylon tool bag
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver set
  • Short handle sledge hammer

SUPPLIES:

  • Battery operated radio *
  • Can opener (non-electric)
  • Candles
  • Compass
  • Duct tape
  • Dust masks *
  • Emergency solar blankets *
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit (complete)
  • Flashlights *
  • Leather palmed work gloves
  • Lightsticks *
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Rope, 100 ft x ½ in
  • Safety glasses or goggles *
  • Signal Flares
  • Tarp
  • Utility/camp knife
  • Whistles *
  • Wool blankets

* Every employee should have a kit that includes at least one each of these items

 

If you do not have the resources to put together an emergency kit right away, start out small by bringing a few items every week.  If you have a spare drawer in your file cabinet, start bringing nonperishable items, bottled water, etc.  Whatever may come, it is a comfort to know that you will be able to sustain yourself in an emergency situation.