While families often develop and keep a family disaster survival kit for their homes, many people overlook the fact that their workplace is where they spend a significant portion of their time, and that disasters might strand them at their workplace for several hours or overnight. With this in mind, the Red Cross has issued a list of common items that one should keep in the workplace in the event of a disaster.
Flashlight with extra batteries: Use the flashlight to find your way if the power is out. Do not use candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting.
Battery-powered radio: News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold. You also will be concerned about family and friends in the area. Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.
Food: Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals), is suggested. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. The following items are suggested: ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, and vegetables; canned juices; high-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, etc.).
Water: Keep at least one gallon of water available, or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst. Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
Medications: Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc. If you use prescription medications, keep at least three-day’s supply of these medications at your workplace. Consult with your physician or pharmacist how
these medications should be stored, and your employer about storage concerns.
First Aid Supplies: If your employer does not provide first aid supplies, have the following essentials:
(20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
(1) 5” x 9” sterile dressing.
(1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
(2) triangular bandages.
(2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
(1) roll 3” cohesive bandage.
(2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
(6) antiseptic wipes.
(2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves
Adhesive tape, 2” width.
Scissors (small, personal).
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
Tools and Supplies: Other tools and supplies useful during a disaster include an emergency mylar “space” blanket; paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils; a non-electric can opener; personal hygiene items, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, contact lens supplies, and feminine supplies; plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation uses); at least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toed shoes or boots; an extra pair of glasses, if applicable.
In general, your kit should be adjusted based on your own personal needs and the environment your workplace is located in. Your kit may be something you never need to rely on, but should be ready for use if the situation calls. Don’t forget to rotate out perishable supplies such as foods and prescription medicines, and check your kit every now and then to ensure you’re prepared when disaster strikes.
Anchortex Corporation is a leading distributor of survival equipment, first aid supplies, personal hygiene supplies, and storage solutions that can be used to build a workplace survival kit. Our products are routinely used by the commercial, industrial, public safety, correctional, and military markets. For more information on developing and bundling a survival kit for your workplace, outpost, job site, or elsewhere, contact our sales department.