Emergency Preparedness List For Your Business

Emergency Preparedness List For Your Business

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I wrote this list about three years when I was asked to consult a few businesses about emergency preparedness. I made a binder with suggestions on all of these items. You may not be home during an emergency/event, so having emergency items at your place of business would be helpful and possibly life saving. Here’s the deal, most large corporations have training in place or at least they should have them in place.

But some smaller businesses may not have put anything together in case something bad should happen. Do you have a business emergency preparedness list on hand for your staff or employees? If not, please consider this list so you are prepared for a disaster or unforeseen emergency. I believe all schools probably have some of these items, or they should have. If you aren’t sure what is in place for your company you should check with your employer to see what items they have and if some training plan is in place.

Please remember, all businesses are different and you will need to make a plan for your company today, not tomorrow. Have a staff meeting with scenarios to lock down the office or have two people with access to a binder with employee’s emergency contact information. This is critical if the HR room is extensively damaged. I designed this PRINTABLE  Contact Information list you will want for sure: Food Storage Moms Emergency Contact Info. Have every employee fill it out, if they choose to participate.

Emergency Preparedness List Or Plan For Your Business:

1. A drawing or plan of your building/office–highlight with “red” all EXITS.

2. Employer/Employee list with names and family contacts/numbers.

3. Local emergency numbers available at each desk/cubicle.

4. Secure pictures, furniture, water heaters, computers etc. to be earthquake ready by using fastening straps, adhesive fasteners or other securing devices.

5. Remember cell phone text messages might go through when phone lines are not working.

6. Have an emergency power source-generator available like Goal Zero YETI 400 at the very least. Be sure and get some Goal Zero solar panels to go with it. This is the one I have: Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator Kit w/Nomad 20 Solar Panel

7. Power-failure / emergency lights that will turn on and help during an evacuation of your building: American Red Cross Eton Blackout Buddy Emergency LED Blackout Flashlight and Nightlight (Pack of 2)

8. Walkie Talkies such as Motorola Talkabout 2-Way MR350R-FRS/GMRS radios located in various places. Some professional walkie talkies
require licenses. Check your local area. These are the ones I have: Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

9. Find out who has a HAM radio license, or at least a scanner. You can hear what’s going on in the world even if there is no power, radio, or television.

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10. Do training for evacuation plans, etc. Practice different scenarios for disasters and emergencies. Be ready for any unexpected situation

11. Know where to turn off gas (only turn off if you smell gas.) Make sure you have the right tool handy to turn it off.

12. Find where to turn off electric power. Flipping the switches at the circuit breaker panel DOES NOT turn off the power. Find where the MAIN switch is to turn it off.

13. Know where to turn off the main water line. You might need a water key.

14. BEFORE an emergency, find out where all the emergency shut-off switches are located. Post a cheat sheet with this information in several locations throughout your building or office.

Emergency Preparedness Items Needed For Your Business:

15. Water containers, water purification drops (I prefer Water Preserver.) Rotate water every 5 years. One gallon of water is needed per person per day. Heat/high temperatures would warrant more water per day per person. Have a plan with additional water that can be carried quickly should you need to leave your building. I prefer the WaterBricks because they are stackable and hold 3.5 gallons: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

16. For large water containers, make sure you have the necessary item(s) to open the containers (like a Water Bung) and have spigots available for ease of use. If you choose to use the 55 gallon water barrels be sure and have a pump/siphon for it. Please remember the Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every five years: Water Preserver Concentrate

17. Food: Decide how many people are typically in each building and how many calories per day per person. Plan on MRE’s and cold instant food types (a combination is best.) This is good food product for the office: Mountain House Just In Case… Classic Bucket

18. Cooking Outside: Two separate sources are best, such as propane, coal or wood. I prefer Camp Chef (uses only propane). For large groups I would recommend MRE’s/or similar that only require heated water. It would be hard to “cook” every meal. I recommend this stove: Camp Chef Explorer Series EX-60LW 2-Burner Modular Cooking System, Black

19. Adequate paper products, plates, cups, silverware/serving

20. Fuel: I like Ozark Oak Lump charcoal. It lasts indefinitely if kept in airtight containers; use Gamma lids on 6-gallon buckets to make them easier to open. The Ozark Oak Lump charcoal has no chemicals like regular charcoal. You can store and forget until needed and it is safer to store than propane. Charcoal briquettes without fluid starter will last indefinitely if kept dry and in airtight containers.

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21. Fire starters/matches/emergency candles.

22. Personal Hygiene, package toilet chemicals, snap on toilet seat, toilet paper, women hygiene products, hand sanitizer, gloves latex/non-latex

23. Portable toilet with bags, I recommend this one: Camco 41541 Portable Toilet – 5.3 gallon

24. First Aid Kits for each building/office. Osha recommended kit-25 person Emergency Ready First aid Kit

25. 3M/N95 masks for everyone: 3M 8210 N95 Respirator, 20-Pack

26. Plastic sheeting & duct tape/body bags: 3M 06723 12′ x 400′ Plastic Sheeting

27. Aspirin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc., Imodium (anti-Diarrhea), Vitamin C.

28. Bio-hazard Bags: Medical Action Infectious Waste Bag, Red, 1 Gallon, 11″ x 14.25″, 20/Roll

29. Emergency Blankets: Emergency Mylar Blanket 52″ x 84″ – Pack of 12 Blankets

30. Safety Whistles: Shoreline Marine Safety Whistle Basic

31. Shake/Glow Lights: Cyalume SnapLight 6″ Industrial Grade Light Sticks, Glow Sticks, Multi-Color 12 Pack (Green, White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue)

32. Flashlights/solar/crank and battery models. (Batteries stored separately): Goal Zero Portable Torch 250 with Power Hub and Emergency Light with Solar and Hand Crank

33. Keep lots of batteries (all sizes-rotate)

34. Radios/Weather Radios with Hand Crank: American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger

35. Phone Chargers (multi use/size) you might not be able to leave your building. You can buy multi-charge units

36. Crowbar, 2 by 4’s for cribbing

37. 4-in-1 survival tool: On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods, Disasters and Emergencies

38. Fire escape ladder if you have more than a single level building

39. Rope and/or paracord: Paracord Planet 100′ Hanks Parachute 550 Cord Type III 7 Strand Paracord Top 40 Most Popular Colors (Multi Camo)

40. Multi-function knives: Leatherman 850122 MUT Multi-Tool, Sheath, Leatherman 831488 STYLE PS Multi-Tool

41. Insect Repellant

42. Shampoo, shaving cream, shavers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, towels, wash rags, dish towels, kitchen soap

43. Work gloves

Since businesses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes you will need to consider how many of the above items are appropriate for your company. You also need to account for the space necessary for storage and easy retrieval of the items. If any of the items have a shelf life you also need to have a system in place to remind management that rotation is timely.

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Food Storage by Linda


  1. Hi Mare, I knew you would be prepared with stuff in your car, we think a lot alike! Hugs! Linda

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