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Emergencies: How to Organize an Emergency Kit at Work

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Emergencies: How to Organize an Emergency Kit at Work

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Written by  Laurinda Seabra
Friday, 28 July 2017 13:07

Imagine you’re at work, many kilometres from your home. There’s been torrential rainfall throughout the day, and many of the roads you take to get home are now underwater. Local officials are advising people to stay off the roads and take shelter until the flooding goes down.

Or, imagine you’re a teacher and your school is put on lockdown for several hours as police handle a fire emergency situation nearby. Many students quickly get hungry and thirsty, and eventually they will need to go to the bathroom. If you have students with special needs, such as diabetics, eating something will be essential.

Both of these situations highlight why having a separate 3-day emergency kit at work is so important. Most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work, which means it’s likely that if they have to take shelter for an emergency, they might be too far from their home emergency kit for it to be of much use.

 

Consider these items for your work emergency kit

  • Emergency blankets
  • Nonperishable foods
  • A complete change of clothes
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Extra drinking water
  • Water purification tablets or water filtration straw
  • Personal care kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, moist wipes, deodorant, and other personal hygiene items)
  • Light sticks
  • Playing cards, games, or books
  • First aid kit with vinyl gloves
  • Dust-filtering mask
  • Multi-tool and Swiss Army knife
  • Solar cell phone charger
  • Headlamp
  • Extra medications
  • Camp toilet and toilet paper

If there’s room, you can keep your work emergency kit in your office. You can also keep it in the trunk of your car. If you do store the kit in your car, you might want to add a few more items:

  • Wool or fleece blanket
  • Emergency candle in a can
  • Jumper cables
  • Individually packaged hand and foot warmers
  • A small shovel
  • (In winter) Some cold-weather clothing, such as a coat, hat, scarf, and gloves

 

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