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How to Build a Workplace Emergency Kit

While few of us would relish the thought of having to spend a single minute more than absolutely necessary at work, it is conceivable you could end up stranded there overnight. If severe weather rolls in, such as a major blizzard, travel could be treacherous at best. Rather than roll the dice and take your chances on hazardous roads, you may be better off just hunkering down at your desk. By planning ahead and assembling a workplace emergency kit, you can turn such an event into nothing more than an inconvenience.

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If you work from home or stay at home during the day, consider putting together one of these kits for a spouse or other loved one who does have to go to work each day. It’s a little bit of peace of mind for everyone.

Things to Include in a Workplace Emergency Kit

Always remember to personalize this kit to your particular circumstances. You may need to consider different items if you work in a remote location versus an urban office setting.

Food and Water

Start with a bit of food, such as granola bars, crackers, or perhaps one of my favorites, honey roasted cashews. Sure, many of us routinely have some snacks stashed away in our desks but it’s never a bad idea to have some extra goodies in your workplace emergency kit.

Check out this list of handy no-cook foods for some suggestions. One popular emergency food among preppers is the high-calorie emergency bar. These are used by the military and are actually quite tasty.

Don’t forget a couple of bottles of water, too. We have no way to reliably predict what the situation might be. The disaster you end up facing could result in water not flowing from the bathroom taps. In that case, you might have to get water elsewhere, and it might be questionable as to its safety. A LifeStraw comes in handy for that and since it’s low-cost and very lightweight, you could easily keep it stored in a desk drawer. The Sawyer Water Filtration System is also portable and very popular.

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