If a disaster happens while you’re at work, you along with your colleagues may be stranded in the office for days until everything is cleared. You have to be ready as your office might suffer from structural damage, the power may be out, and injuries may occur when no emergency assistance will be available.
As a prepper, you have the responsibility to keep every employee safe from these foreseeable dangers. Here are the different supplies that you should have in your workplace.
Make sure that our office always has a minimum 3-day supply of emergency water for every employee. Ideally, you should have a gallon of water per employee for emergency preparedness because running water will likely be unavailable or unsafe. The cheapest and easiest way to store large amounts of water for drinking and sanitation is to store water purification tablets and 55-gallon water storage barrels.
The same is true with emergency food. You should also have a food supply that will last for three days for every employee. Take note that this kind of food require instant preparations without any cooking needed. They should also be non-thirst provoking. Granola bars and oatmeals are great kinds of food that are approved by US Coast Guards.
You will likely be without electricity when a natural or man-made disaster occurs while you’re in the office. This is where emergency lighting comes in handy. It will be necessary to have one to help employees navigate around dangerous debris in the dark. Don’t rely solely on battery-powered devices. Batteries have a limited shelf-life and should be regularly replaced.
Shelter supplies include emergency thermal blankets, rain ponchos, canopy shelter, body warmer pads, and tube tents. You’ll need this when they declare that your office is unsafe and the employees are forced to stay somewhere else without going home.
Plumbing and running water will probably be unavailable too. Always have 5-gallon containers in your office, toilet bags, seat covers and lids, tissue packs, sanitizers, pads for women, etc. Your office needs these supplies to maintain sanitary conditions, especially because it will be hard if they get sick during a time of disaster.
These will guarantee that you will receive life-saving updates and information about evacuation. Use AM/FM solars and hand crank powered ones with built-in flashlights.
First Aid Supplies
Broken glass and debris may fall into your area and injure you. You and your employees need to have available emergency kits that can be mobilized easily. Always have a first-aid kit with you, including bandages, prescription medicines, ammonia, an extra pair of glasses, alcohol, etc.
Search and Rescue Supplies
When you’re trapped by debris, it’s impossible for emergency personnel to arrive right away, especially when the disaster has affected the whole state. To aid in digging survivors out, always have gloves, dust masks, rescue pry/crowbars, etc. with you.
Where to Store the Supplies
Store these supplies in airtight plastic bags. Depending on the size of the kit you’ve built, which should coincide with the size of your office, you may also want to consider several plastic storage totes and store them in a safe but easily identified location.
Have an Emergency Safety Plan in Your Office
It’s important to foster a culture of safety in your workplace, and as an expert prepper, you can initiate the action with a strategic safety plan! The plan should include notification systems, chain of commands, evacuation routes, and other protocols.
But at the end of the day, none of these precautions matter if employers do not commit to creating safe workplace conditions and ensuring safe worker interactions. Forethought, diligence, and company-wide involvement are essential to achieving this goal.