Emergency Kits: Ready for anything

When everyday headlines scream of disasters and impending dooms, ignoring them without giving a thought to personal safety can be fatal – preparing for them is inevitable and extremely sensible. It can never hurt to be ready for an adverse situation and that’s why emergency kits are the most important accessory of today’s time. Not only will they protect you, but will also provide for your loved ones in the time of great need. The best thing about emergency kits is that they prevent panic and help you face the ill-timed challenge better.

Choose an emergency kit appropriate to your geographical location and the needs of your family. The best thing is that these kits can be personalized. Though these kits need to be kept away from children, having an emergency kit stashed away to be grabbed at the opportune moment by any family member is a smart solution to any calamity that might fall upon you.

Emergency Kits

Office Survival Kits

If you take away the hours we spend sleeping, most of us spend more time at work than we do at home. Disasters don’t wait to strike when we are home; disasters strike at anytime, anywhere, when we least expect it. Having an office survival kit is a smart precaution to take in the event a disaster occurs at work. Proactive preparation saves lives in disaster situations ranging from tornados to terrorists. Most people reading this have probably never even heard of office survival kits before. The following is just some general information on how to properly put an office survival kit together.

First of all you need to think about what kind of disasters the area in which you work is susceptible to. For example, if you don’t live anywhere near a fault line then the chances of an earthquake occurring are slim to none and any earthquake preparation items you include in your kit will more than likely end up being wasted space. You also should be aware of how your company operates and where all the nearest exits are when you make a kit.

Don’t forget the basic emergency provisions, such as bottled water, nonperishable food items, and a blanket or some other item you can use to keep warm. A map of escape routes and possible shelter areas within the building is also a good item every office survival kit should include. Most companies have policies or action plans in place in case of fire or other common office disasters occur, get a copy of those policies and add them to your disaster kits too.

Every individual employee should have their own personal survival kit but your office should have a main survival kit that everyone pitches in on as well. The following list consists of specific items you should consider adding to your main office survival kit:

  • 2400 Calorie Food Bars
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight
  • Emergency Candles
  • Green Emergency Glow Sticks
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Emergency Survival Blankets
  • Emergency Ponchos
  • Blue Tarp
  • Pry Bar
  • Working Gloves
  • Duct Tape
  • Dust Masks
  • Toilet Bags
  • Pocket Tissue Packs
  • Air Fresheners
  • First Aid Kits
  • Decks of playing cards – for possible entertainment purposes

If your office doesn’t already have a group survival kit then start one; chances are, your coworkers will be more than happy to chip in. Remember, being prepared is often the difference between life and death during disaster situations. No one wants to be a victim of a spontaneous tragic event, so lessen your chances of becoming one and create an office survival kit today. You never know when you are going to need it.


Preparing for a Disaster, Cheap & Easy Kits

The simple act of Preparing for a Disaster could save your life and your families so your not caught flat footed and helpless.
Disasters happen all the time whether they be man made or natural, and how prepared you are can have a dramatic affect on your life. If a disaster is coming or has already arrived, such as weather, your too late. Preparedness needs to be done before something happens. It’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN. It is very easy to become complacent when things seem to be going well. “I’ve been through dozens of hurricanes” I’ve heard people boast. Great, ask the people that were in Katrina if they still think that. Situations can change dramatically in an instant. It comes swiftly and knocks you over the head, and hopefully opens your eyes to what’s important to you and how a little preparation could have helped improve the situation. If you think your prepared, just do a double take and make sure you really are. Having a nice supply in your home is only one little piece of the preparedness pie. You may not have access to your home. Do you have the same supplies in your vehicle? Let’s take a quick look at some potential disasters that have and could occur:

Common and Possible Disasters
Hurricanes- This is a common disaster that happens every year and the severity varies.
Flooding- Often simultaneous with hurricanes or excessive rainfall and drainage buildup. Flooding can be very disastrous, destroying roads, homes, and life.
Tornado- Common in many areas and a hit or miss disaster. Very powerful and deadly.
Snow & Ice- Very common in northern regions. Power outages that can last weeks, dangerous road conditions, and whiteouts leave many people stranded every year.
Earthquakes- Another common occurrence in many regions, which much too often causes complacency. Earthquakes can be non destructive tremors, or highly destructive to both life and property.
Anthrax, biological, nuclear attacks- These are always a possibility, especially nowadays. They can happen anywhere at any time without warning. Sept 11 is a prime example.
All of these disasters can shut down transportation, empty the store shelves, overwhelm emergency resources and services, grossly inflate common item prices (water, food, plywood, fuel, etc) and cause widespread panic. Grocery store shelves are stripped of necessities almost always overnight, and this happens even for very minor disruptions, never mind a large tragedy. Most people are so unprepared they don’t even have basics like food, water, first aid kits, and most importantly a plan.

What You Can Do To Prepare
Due to the numerous potentials, what should you put aside and prepare for? If you live in a normally occurring disaster area such as “tornado alley” in the Midwest USA, or the “West coast earthquakes”, or “Southern hurricanes”, or “flood prone” areas, you should certainly expect a disaster to happen and put aside items that regularly disappear.

Preparing For A Disaster