How to Make an Emergency Desk Kit
Unless you spend most of your time at home, chances are you work full or part time hours.
A large proportion of your day is spent away from your Bug In location.
Every day emergencies are as likely to occur at your place of work as they are when you are at home.
Hopefully you already have your EDC (Every Day Carry Items)
If you’re a driver then you may also have your Emergency Car Kit available.
Keeping an Emergency Desk Kit in your desk or locker is there for when you need to bug in temporarily at work.
Depending on the situation, you may also decide to try and get back to your bug in location.
For this we need to assume that the roads are blocked and the power is down.
Your decision on whether to bug in at work or get home will depend on the situation.
If you and your family have an emergency plan in place then they may be trying to get home.
Items for an Overnight Bug In
Two litres of Water in Smaller Bottles
If the taps have stopped running at your workplace then you will want to keep hydrated.
Although two litres of water is far below the recommended minimum for a full day, it is enough to keep you going until you can find a better source.
Even if the taps are still running the water may no longer be safe to drink.
If you’re a coffee drinker then consider cans of drink that contain caffeine such as energy drinks too!
Easy to Eat Food
Trail mix, Canned food, Nuts, Biscuits and Crackers are all good examples of suitable food.
As with your stored food at home, you will want to keep an eye on any expiry dates.
Replace and rotate this food to ensure it is good to eat when you need it.
- Pain Relief
- Anti-histamines for allergies
- Anti-diarrhoea tablets
- A roll of adhesive bandage
- Back up prescription medicine
Most places of work are required to have a basic First Aid kit.
If you work with a large number of people and it is an emergency situation then chances are it will not be enough.
Be sure you have what you need in your emergency supply kit for work.
An Emergency Blanket
The heating is off, the power is down and it’s the middle of winter.
You need to stay there overnight and you need to be rested for whatever there is to face the next day.
An Emergency Blanket is light and small enough to pack so make sure it’s available.
A wind up torch or a battery operated torch is a welcome addition to your Emergency Desk Kit.
Accidents are much more likely to happen if you can’t see where you’re going.
Extra Items to Help You Get Home
A Change of Clothes
Your work clothes may not be suitable enough when trying to get home in an emergency situation.
An extra set of clothes will also provided you with added layers in case of cold.
Walking for long periods requires suitable footwear.
The shoes or boots you use at work may not be comfortable enough or provide enough protection in an emergency situation.
Whether this is a waterproof jacket and trousers or just an Emergency Poncho, have something packed.
Regardless of whether the current emergency is weather related or not, getting home soaked through will be a massive inconvenience.
Although should already be in your Every Day Carry, it is worth highlighting it again.
£20 in notes and change may be enough to help you get home in half the time.