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Items for a Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Office or Personal Work Space


Keep enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals). Select food that requires no refrigeration, no preparation or cooking, and little to no water. Rotate your food supply regularly. The following items are suggested:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fish, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • High-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, etc.)


Store water in plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. Rotate your supply regularly.
  • Keep at least one gallon of water available, or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst.


Consult with your physician or pharmacist about how these medications should be stored and notify your employer about storage concerns.
  • Non-prescription medications, including pain relievers, stomach remedies and anti-diarrhea mediations.

First Aid Supplies

If your employer does not provide first aid supplies, have the following:
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile dressing
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • Cold pack
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) breathing barrier to prevent transmission of infection

Tools and Supplies

  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Emergency “space” blanket (mylar)
  • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
  • Tissues
  • Permanent marker, pencil and notepad
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Swiss army knife
  • Dust mask
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, soap, contact lens supplies and feminine supplies
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • At least one complete change of clothing and footwear, including a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, as well as closed-toe shoes or boots and socks
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Copies of personal documents and your Family Communication Plan
  • Duct tape
  • Extra cell phone battery and/or charger
  • Playing cards
  • Cash and spare change
  • Other tools and supplies that you might need based on your past experience

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