Although you hope you never have to use them, emergency office supplies are a must for keeping employees, your business and yourself safe and secure in the event of a disaster. Preparing for the worst may be part of your job description and it comes with a great responsibility. The Small Business Administration says that small businesses are especially at risk, with up to 25% ceasing operation after a disaster. Most were unprepared for an emergency and had no disaster plan.
Finding workplace emergency preparedness supplies doesn't have to be a daunting task as there are many vendors who specialize in first aid kits and other emergency supplies you will need. Understand, however, that your business emergency needs are unique and may not be covered by a pre-assembled kit.
When it comes to preparing your office for an emergency, consider these suggestions:
1. Be aware of the types of emergencies most common in your area or industry when reviewing emergency kits for businesses.
2. Along with getting your emergency supplies, discuss with your insurance agent options for protecting your business.
3. Designate safety coordinators—responsible staff members employed on different shifts—to be in charge of safety-related issues and stocking business emergency survival kits.
Include lights and radios in your equipment for workplace emergenciesAbove all else, ample light and information are essential in an emergency. Make sure you have a working flashlight as candles are not recommended for emergency lighting. A radio can help alert you to changes and give you the most updated information.
Purchase wholesale emergency supplies including food and waterYour emergency kit should contain enough food (non-perishable, of course) to sustain you and others for at least one day. Items such as canned meals and juices and granola bars are best. Store at least one gallon of water per person.
Find the workplace emergency equipment to fit your needsWhile there are many first-aid kits that are prepackaged you may want to customize a kit to fit your individual needs. You can always add in items or create your own kit. Make sure your kit is waterproof and easy to carry.
- Include medications such as pain relievers, bandages with gauze and blankets in your supplies for workplace emergencies. The American Red Cross also suggests having plastic garbage bags with ties available for personal sanitation issues.