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Office Earthquake Preparedness Checklist
Our earthquake kits support 5 people for 3 days and include all the emergency food, water, shelter, first aid, lighting, and communication supplies necessary for surviving at work after a major earthquake. Remember, after an earthquake, stores will be closed! Roads will be down! Your office buildings will be unsafe to occupy! This means that employees may be stuck at work for days if not weeks. Your business has the obligation to ensure that it has adequate earthquake supplies for all of its employees. Our 1 Person Office Survival Kit supports 1 person for 3 days.
It is the responsibility of management to ensure that the workplace has at least a 3 day supply of emergency food for each employee. This food should not require any cooking or preparation and should be non-thirst provoking. That is why our office earthquake kits come with ER Bars - US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply emergency survival food. A 3 day supply is the minimum survival recommendation as a week supply of emergency food per employee is recommended.
Your office should also keep a minimum of a 3 day supply of emergency water per employee. But don't waste company money storing bottled water when it only stores safely for 6 months. Our office earthquake kits come with Aqua Blox - 3 day supply of emergency drinking water which is US Coast guard approved to store safely for 5 years. However, it is also important to remember that ideally you should have a gallon of water per employee for earthquake preparedness because running water will likely be unavailable or unsafe. The cheapest and easiest way to prepare to have enough water for drinking and sanitation is to have water purification and storage supplies such as water purification tablets and 50 gallon water storage barrels.
There is a possibility that your office building(s) may be unsafe to occupy after a major earthquake. Because employees may be forced to stay overnight and outside at work for several days if not weeks, our earthquake preparedness kits also come with the emergency shelter supplies to protect employees from the elements. These supplies include emergency thermal blankets and emergency rain ponchos which offer protection from harsh weather conditions. Additional recommended emergency office shelter supplies to help protect workers from extreme weather include a canopy shelter, body warmer pads, and tube tents.
Your office will likely be without electricity after an earthquake which is why you need emergency lights to help employees navigate around dangerous debris in the dark. Don't waste your company's money storing regular battery-powered flashlights and batteries for an earthquake because regular batteries have a shelf-life of only 6 months and last only hours. Our deluxe office earthquake survival kits come equipped with an solar radios which never needs batteries and 12 hour emergency lightsticks which have a 5-year shelf-life.
In the event of an earthquake while employees are at work, there is a chance that everyone will have to evacuate the office building and travel to a safe location. Because electricity will likely also be out, emergency coordinators need to have emergency radios for listening to emergency broadcasts in order to know where to go for safety. Due to the limitations of battery use, we recommend the am/fm solar and hand crank powered radio with lantern light which never needs batteries! Regular battery last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around only 6 months.
After a major earthquake while employees are work, many may become injured as they evacuate the building or campus due to dangerous debris. That is why businesses need to keep comprehensive emergency first aid kits that can easily be mobilized to safety. We recommend the Trauma Central Supply Kit which contains the appropriate supplies to treat up to 75 people for injuries and is ideally suited for school emergency preparedness.
There will likely be dangerous amounts of broken glass and other debris that could trap employees and cause injuries to others trying to help rescue them. That is why your office needs to keep emergency search and rescue supplies as part of its emergency preparedness plan. Our office emergency preparedness kits come with leather-palmed work gloves, vinyl gloves, and dust masks for protection from dangerous debris. We also highly recommend the additional purchase of our emergency search and rescue kit which comes with such life-saving equipment as OSHA approved hard hats, safety goggles, emergency rescue pry/crow bars, and much more.
It's not a pleasant thought, but your office's plumbing will likely be unavailable after a major disaster and employees may be sharing shelter outdoors. Because it is important to avoid employees getting sick during a time of disaster, your office needs to have emergency sanitation supplies to maintain sanitary conditions. Our office emergency preparedness kits packaged in 5 gallon containers are designed to be used for emergency sanitation. They also include the necessarytoilet bags, toilet chemicals, toilet seat cover and lid, and tissue packs for each employee.