Of working adults, 72% desire a healthy work-life balance over salary and flexibility. With that said, it’s a major killjoy to think about an emergency like an earthquake or snowstorm keeping you at work longer.
But as we all know, emergencies do happen. And the better prepared you are, the less stressful the experience will be.
That’s why we are encouraging you to pack and office emergency kit and teaching you what to pack.
Nonperishable Food and Water
Just because a healthy adult can survive up to three weeks without food, it doesn’t mean any of us actually want to do it. Make sure you stock your emergency kit with filling, nonperishable snacks. This should include things you can eat unheated in case there’s a power outage.
Foods on your list should be granola bars, nuts & seeds, jerky, dried fruit, tuna packs, crackers, and of course, water.
In the event of a power outage, a durable flashlight and extra batteries will absolutely come to use. The bright light in a dark building will also help others find you.
While you’re at it, toss a small battery-operated radio and portable cell phone charger in your kit. You will probably need these for emergency calls or hearing weather and safety updates on the news.
Personal Care Items
If you’re cooped up in your office overnight or for a few nights, it’s a good idea to have a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste, baby wipes (in case the water stops running), and extra doses of daily medications you might be on like blood pressure pills.
An extra set of clothes or at least clean underwear won’t hurt either.
First Aid Kit
Keep it simple with bandages, a small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol, disposable rubber gloves, and sterile gauze dressings.
If your stay at work ends up being an overnight one, a space blanket (its lightweight and waterproof) and inflatable pillow will work wonders. Your office will never be as comfortable as your bed, but hey, it could be worse.
We live in a world where just about everything is paid for electronically. Having some change and a few dollar bills is smart when you’re in a building with a vending machine.
A multi-tool is a lightweight, pocket-sized gadget with varying abilities (knife, screwdriver, pliers). Think a less fancy version of a Swiss army knife. It can be used as a weapon in self-defense or to open a stubborn pack of trail mix.
For information about other helpful tools, read more here.
Sneakers and Socks
Most offices enforce dress codes that prohibit athletic attire. But what if part of an emergency evacuation involves something like climbing down a fire escape? The process will be a lot more comfortable and safe if you’re wearing athletic shoes.
Pack Your Office Emergency Kit Today
Knowing stress management techniques and being prepared with an office emergency kit can make terrifying situations like being stuck at work a lot easier. Follow us for more tips in and out of the office.