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Stocking Up Your Business’ Emergency Kit | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

A laid out display of emergency supplies for business owners Keep an emergency kit on hand in your home and your business! You never know when or where disaster might strike!

Having a well-stocked emergency kit for your family at home is important, but considering that most people spend an average of a third of their life at the office, having an emergency kit for your Dutchess County workplace is also extremely important. If you are a business owner, it is wise to prioritize creating and maintaining an emergency kit for your facilities that will keep you and your staff safe in case of a disaster.

Starting and maintaining an emergency is something that is not terribly expensive, averaging about $5 per employee to assemble—but it will become invaluable in case of a disaster. Being certain that you and your employees have everything you need in an emergency situation where you are trapped in the workplace for a period of time can keep people much calmer and more comfortable during a scenario where you and your staff are unable to leave.

-What to Keep in Your Office Emergency Kit

If you are planning to stock up your office emergency kit, your goal should be to make sure your office is equipped with all the necessities so that you and your staff can survive several days without electricity, food or water in the building. This includes considerations for nourishment, comfort and first-aid supplies in case of injuries.

Some helpful things to include are:

  • An emergency radio so you can get important updates without electricity or cell service
  • A first-aid kit with all of the essentials for cuts, sprains and pains
  • Enough factory-sealed drinking water for each person in the workplace
  • Shelf-stable foods such as canned goods or granola bars
  • Flashlights, headlamps, lanterns and extra batteries that correspond to each
  • Rechargeable phone chargers

-What to Do in a Workplace Emergency

If you find yourself faced with an emergency during the workday, not panicking is the most important first step.

Be sure to listen to all emergency updates so you know whether you and your staff should evacuate immediately or stay put until the threat has passed. Be sure you instruct everyone to do as emergency officials recommend, and be certain that everyone in the building is accounted for.

If you need help making sure your business is prepared for a disaster, you can count on us. Contact us at any time to learn more about our business preparedness services and how we can help in the event of a disaster.

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