Office/Work Emergency Kit

Disasters can happen at any time, whether at work, play or rest. Given that most people spend a large amount of time at work and traveling to and from it, it is wise to have a kit there as well.

You should consider a combination of a Get Home Bag (GHB) and/or Office/Work Emergency Kit, depending on where you work, how you travel, as well as other factors that may exist.

If you work in an office building there will be things to consider that you wouldn't need to if working as a taxi driver as an example. If you are in an office tower and there is a fire, there should be protocols in place in the event of a fire. However, you should still consider having a kit with you as well.

Any kind of emergency may occur, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster or even a terrorist attack, and office building protocols might not be sufficient to ensure your safety. Even though there are no guarantees when it comes to surviving a disaster, you want to put the odds in your favor by making some preparations.

There is no possible way that I, or anyone else, can predict perfectly every scenario you may face and thereby give you counsel specifically tailored for you. It is impossible to do however as with other emergency scenarios we can see that there are steps we can take to help mitigate the effects of an emergency by preparing in advance.

Ask yourself these questions, and there are of course others you may think of:
  • What kind of emergency can happen in my area, and how does that affect me at my job should that occur?
  • What are the specific challenges where I work if there was an emergency?
  • How do I travel to get to and from work? Is it by bus, metro, walking or car or is it a combination of these things?
  • What are the challenges I may face in my traveling to go to work, and to return home from work?
  • Can I leave my office/work kit at work, or should I carry an Every Day Carry Kit (EDC) that I carry with me when I travel back and forth from home to work, and from work to home?
  • Will an every day carry kit (EDC) that I carry both ways be enough?
  • Where I work, is my car close by so that I can easily access it if there was an emergency?
  • If I can leave my kit in the car, what about in the winter because some things may freeze if left in the trunk?

Consider that in a subway of there is a fire or a terrorist attack in the which a biological or chemical agent is utilized, that a respirator can save your life.


Avon Protection Systems has a respirator (photo not shown) called the Avon NH15 CBRN Air Purifying Escape Respirator which is great if you have the cash for it.


Other models are available and from other companies such as from Xcaper Industries, however if you are looking for something that offers CBRN protection, Avon Protection Systems is a good place to start. The mask is very portable and can be put on very quickly.


This mask, and others like it that are rated against smoke from fires like the one from Xcaper Industries, can also be used in a subway as well as an apartment building or office building.


Basically for the contents of your kit it should resemble an Every Day Carry Kit (EDC) or a Get Home Bag (GHB). You can modify it as you see fit. Having a kit will help you in giving you an edge you otherwise would not have.


If in an earthquake prone area a hardhat with sturdy work shoes or work boots would be great. In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, some people only had flimsy footwear, including high heels for some of the women while treading on broken glass and other debris. Many fell ill to the problems associated with smoke and dust inhalation as well.


Instead of making a generic list of items to include in a kit here, I'll give you some links to have a look at to get you started. Basically as far as a list goes, keep in mind the elements of survival, and how they apply to your particular circumstances. Remember that the items can contain much of what is in a Get Home Bag (GHB), with a few additions as your circumstances require. It really isn't that complicated.


For the links below these are pre-made kits so tailor them to your needs by adding or improving upon the kits. You may decide to make your own as well. Employees should all have their own equipment and supplies to get themselves home as an example. Having their own basic supplies will also help if the main office/work supplies are insufficient for a reason or other, such as for duration of the emergency going beyond expected, and for personal reasons like medications any employees may need.


Alright, so here are some links as promised:

1. Life Secure Emergency Solutions

2. Quake Kare Inc.

3. More Prepared

4. Emergency Kits

Resources

Freeport, NY Firefighters test the Xcaper Filter in live Fire
NH15 Escape Hood for CBRN Protection by Avon Protection

Different companies with their different products will cater to particular clients, so have a look and see what is best suited for your companies or families needs by researching on the internet for more information.


I presented on this page two companies that offer some form of protection, but do have a look at what else is available if you feel to.