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Office Emergency Kits / 72 Hour Kit Guide

Office Emergency Kits The world we live in is not always 100 percent safe or certain. Mother nature has a habit of throwing a wrench into things, creating situations we are not always prepared for. This could be an earthquake, a flood, a hurricane or a tornado. A 72 Hour kit is used for the sole purpose of surviving.

It usually takes about 72 hours after the onset of a disaster for organizations such as the American Red Cross to reach an area and get set up and organized to handle the needs of the emergency. It is important to have on hand, and easily accessible, disaster relief kits that will help you survive the first few hours and days. These kits are not only important for the home, but for the office as well.

An emergency office survival kit (72-hour kit) may not include all the luxuries you are normally used to, but they will certainly make life a little easier. Kits put in a backpack are ideal, simply because they are portable and easy to transport. Kits should be balanced so that they do not overburden you with weight.

In making your emergency preparations, there are ten areas that need to be considered. These are listed below with some ideas for each area.


Water is one of the most critical elements you need in your emergency 72-hour kit. The average adult requires 2-3 quarts of water per day. This is too much for some people to carry, so it is also important to have a way to purify water. Water can be boiled, distilled, or purified with purification tablets or a water purification kit. All of these methods should be included in your kit.


Behind water, food is very important to have on hand in the event of an emergency. It is important that food can be kept for long periods of time without refrigeration. Some good choices are bouillon cubes, powdered drinks (hot chocolate, cider), dried fruits and nuts, jerky, and candy to suck on. These types of foods give energy, nutrition, and help to boost morale.


The elements can take their toll on an individual during an emergency. Shelter, albeit temporary, should be available for warmth and protection. There are a few options available. A tube tent is small enough to fit into a pack and very versatile. It is basically a ground cloth with tie ropes that can be easily made into a shelter, used as a ground cloth, or a cover to keep a pack dry. Emergency "space" sleeping bags and blankets and emergency ponchos are also very good to keep body heat in and wet weather out. These are lightweight and take up little space in a kit.


Fuel is one of the hardest items to store safely, but it can be done. Charcoal is the safest source of fuel, but may be must be used in an area with good ventilation. Sterno cans may be used to heat water, soup and cook simple meals by means of a portable cooking rack. There are several sizes of sterno or instant heat that are available. You will need to cook, drink, and eat from the same item. Waterproof matches, fire starters, disposable lighters, and compressed fuel tablets are only a few items that can be very helpful.


Light is important to have available, especially at night. There are a few emergency lighting options available. This includes oil lamps and batteries. You will want to store batteries outside the flashlight to extend their life. Flashlights are also available that require no batteries (hand powered). Flashlight radios can run off multiple sources for power including solar and hand cranking. Light sticks are excellent for light and signaling for help. Office Emergency Kits


Communication is often one of the last areas to be considered when preparing an emergency kit. There are a few items you will want to have available. A whistle can be blown with less energy and heard farther than your voice. A mirror is excellent for signaling for help. A radio is important to keep on hand in order to stay informed regarding the emergency situation.


You will want to stay clean. Cleanliness helps cut down on disease and boosts morale. Keep a comb, toothbrush, razor and shampoo on hand. There are several "travel" versions that can easily be kept in a kit. It is also a good idea to keep portable detergent on hand to clean cloths. A portable toilet is also ideal to have on hand.


Disasters can create a wide variety of injuries. It is important to have a first aid kit in your 72-hour kit to help treat injuries. Basic items and a simple first aid instruction sheet needs to be included in every kit.


Keep a change of clothing on hand. It is especially important to have an extra change of socks and underwear available. A jacket is ideal for chilly situations. Other items to keep on hand include a hat, gloves and hiking boots. It is also a good idea to have comfortable clothing on hand such as a sweat shirt and pants. Other items to keep on hand, depending on your situation, include feminine items, baby diapers, medications, extra glasses or sun glasses, "comfort toys", book, writing material and card games.


If possible, it is ideal to have copies of important documents on hand. This may include legal documents, wills, birth certificates, marriage certificate, bank account numbers, mortgages, car registrations, a list of friends and family addresses and phone numbers, and recent family photos. If someone has become separated it is very helpful to be able to give the authorities a recent picture of who you are looking for. In a stressful situation it is easy to forget or mix up addresses or phone numbers that you normally would know. Be sure to include some money in your kit, both small change and larger amounts.


Remember some items need to be rotated. It is a good practice once a year when you change your clocks to daylight savings time, and change the batteries in your smoke alarm, to also rotate and update any items in your 72 Hour kit that need to be changed. That way it will always be updated and ready for an emergency.