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Some truly crazy things can happen at your office. You never know what each day could bring, which is why you should be ready for anything. That’s where an awesome emergency kit comes into play.

What should you include in yours? Why’s it important? Be prepared for any situation with this helpful guide!

What is Emergency Preparedness?

Emergency preparedness is being ready for any situation that could cause damage or harm. You should have an evacuation plan, listen to the news for updates, and of course, have a fully stocked emergency kit ready at all times.

What is Emergency Preparedness?

Do the following if you find yourself in an emergency at the office:

  1. 1. Don’t panic.
  2. 2. Get your emergency kit and ensure it’s ready.
  3. 3. Follow the emergency plan set forth by your organization. If you don’t have one, make sure HR is notified immediately.

    Have a plan prepared for:

    • Bad weather
    • Threats
    • Power outages
    • Fires
  4. 4. Take care of yourself before assisting others.
  5. 5. Stay where you are until further instructions or updates are provided.

Do you want to be reminded of these steps every day? Print out this graphic and put it in your office breakroom so everyone can see it!

What to do in case of an emergency at work
What to do in case of an emergency at work

Try to stay cool, calm, and collected at all times in an emergency, even if you’re a bundle of nerves. A little bit of preparedness ahead of time can go a long way in keeping you safe.

What Should You Put in Your Office Emergency Kit?

What Should You Put in Your Office Emergency Kit?

A good office emergency kit will be full of things your employees may need if things get dangerous.


What Should You Put in Your Office Emergency Kit?

The full list of items you should put in your office emergency kit include:

  • AA & AAA batteries
  • Android phone charger
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Bandages
  • Blanket
  • Burner phone
  • Feminine items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Gauze
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Hot & cold pack
  • iPhone phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mini fan
  • Neosporin
  • Non-perishable food
  • Paper cups
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Safety goggles
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Screwdriver
  • Tire gauge
  • Water
  • Water bottles
  • Whistle
  • Wrench

These items are the bare minimum of what should be included. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, which is why you can never have too much in your emergency kit.

Which Mini Emergency Kits Should You Have at the Office?

You can have one main emergency kit with all the essentials, but a few smaller ones as well for specific situations. Here are a few suggestions:

First Aid

First Aid

Stock your first aid kit with everything your employees may need if they’re in pain or injured. This should include gauze, bandages, Neosporin, aspirin, and other medical supplies.

Roadside Safety

Roadside Safety

You never know when someone may have car trouble. Come to the rescue with an auto assistance kit filled with jumper cables, a tire gauge, gloves, and small tools.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Do you have a company picnic planned? Create kits for all your employees with the essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, visors, towelettes, and lip balm.

Eyeglass Repair

Eyeglass Repair

The last thing you want is someone getting a major headache from eyestrain. Your employees will appreciate a functional eyeglass repair kit with fixing tools and microfiber cloths.

Power Outage

Power Outage

You never know when things will shut down at the office. Be prepared with flashlights, bottled water, battery-powered mini fans, and blankets.

The best part is the items featured here can be customized with your company’s logo and name. You can take pride in your preparedness and get a little extra brand recognition at the same time!


How to Maintain Your Office Emergency Kit

It’s not enough to just make a kit for your office, throw it somewhere, and completely forget about it. You want to ensure yours is stored in a cool, dry place, includes a list of every item inside, and is super easy to access in an emergency situation.


At least once a year, you should also do the following:

Throw away anything that’s expired

Throw away anything that’s expired

Be mindful of the expiration date on the non-perishable food, medication, fire extinguisher, and batteries. You should then replace what gets thrown away.

Clean the items

Clean the items

The water bottle, tools, blankets, and other items should all be cleaned and sanitized. You don’t want to open your kit to see it full of dirt and grime.

Rethink your kit’s contents

Rethink your kit’s contents

Something important could be missing from your emergency kit. Take some time to think about what’s included and add in some new items if they’re needed.

Reorganize

Reorganize

Ensure items are grouped together based on some similarity so they’re easier to find. For instance, you can keep all medical supplies in one section and tools in another or color code everything.

There’s no point in having an emergency kit if it’s damaged, empty, or dirty. Do your due diligence and make sure the one in your office is always ready to go!

What is the Future of Emergency Kits?

What is the Future of Emergency Kits?

What is the Future of Emergency Kits?

Technology is making emergency kits more effective and lifesaving than ever before. People have access to information and help at the touch of a button.

Take for instance, the groundbreaking emergency kits created by startup Mobilize Rescue Systems. They’re not only color-coded and filled with high-end supplies, but also equipped with an iPad right under the lid. This iPad is programed with an app containing about 1,600 pages of information anyone can understand, even if they have no medical training. It makes every situation a little bit safer because anyone can use the kit.

It’s innovations like this that are making the world a little bit safer. Overall, there’s an exciting future in store for technology and emergency preparedness.

Emergency preparedness is important because it allows individuals or businesses to have a quick and effective response and that will ensure no one loses their life while they wait for help to arrive.

Jason Gotham, President & Co-Founder of Mobilize Rescue Systems
Why is it Important to Be Prepared for Emergencies?

Why is it Important to Be Prepared for Emergencies?

Why is it Important to Be Prepared for Emergencies?

Your team’s well-being should always be the number one priority. According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds a worker is injured on the job. That’s roughly 12,600 people every day!

Being prepared helps you avoid potential damage and reduce the number of injuries from an emergency. Remember – safety first.

Stats for Success

According to the United States Census Bureau, 47.1% of adults do not have a prepared emergency kit.

1 in 7 employees sometimes feel a bit uneasy at the workplace.

22% of respondents in a CareerBuilder survey believe their workplace doesn’t have an emergency plan for natural disasters.

It can take an ambulance an average of 9 to 15 minutes to arrive at the scene of an emergency.

The Bottom Line

You can never be too ready for an emergency, especially at work. Crazy things happen all the time, and your company should have a good handle on everyone’s safety. It all starts with a plan and a good emergency kit!

References

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https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/drng-en.aspx

Ready.gov. (2019). Build a Kit. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Scott, D. (2019). Office Emergency Kit Checklist. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
https://www.lifesecure.com/office-emergency-kit-checklist/

REI. (2019). How to Maintain Your Emergency Kit. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/how-to-maintain-your-emergency-kit.html

National Safety Council. (2017). Workplace Injuries. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/tools-resources/infographics/workplace-injuries

Lant, K. (2017, September 2). “Intelligent” First Aid Kits Can Help Untrained Civilians Save Lives. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
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United States Census Bureau. (2018, September 1). National Preparedness Month: September 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/2018/preparedness.html

Sparkman, D. (2019, March 22). One in Seven Employees Don’t Feel Safe at Work. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from
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