10 Things to Include in Your Office Emergency Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

If we had a choice, we’d all prefer to be at home when an emergency happens.  But since we spend eight or more hours at work, there is a good chance an emergency can occur while we are at the office.  Now is a good time to assemble an office emergency kit so you are not caught without supplies just in case.


Where to store your supplies

You can store your items in your desk drawer in a box, bin, or backpack.  I personally use a Swiss Gear backpack that fits my laptop and a few other items should I need to walk home.  It is roomy and sturdy.

What to include in your office emergency kit

  1. Water bottles – Although there is usually a water source in the office, it is still a good idea to have a few water bottles in case water supply is compromised.  I also keep a Sport Berkey water filter bottle for everyday use that filters and improves the taste of tap water.
  2. Food bars – A few portable, high energy food bars should be sufficient while you are stuck at work or walking home.
  3. Comfortable shoes – Because I wear dress shoes at work, I need a comfortable pair to get through debris or other obstacles.
  4. An N-95 mask in case of dust or fumes.
  5. Flashlight with extra batteries
  6. First aid kit, including extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, contact lens solution, prescription medication, hand sanitizer
  7. Phone charger
  8. Weather radio
  9. Mylar blankets
  10. Heavy duty Gloves

For minor life emergencies

You can also add items that can come in handy for everyday mini emergencies such as a torn hem, a nasty stain right before an important meeting such as sewing kit, stain remover, eyeglasses repair kit.  Also, keep an umbrella and other rain gear, extra jacket, and hand warmers.

I am sure there a lots more things I can add, but this list works for me, as I have my everyday carry as well as additional items in my car survival kit.  What do you keep in your office emergency kit?  Please share in the comments!

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  1. As a prepper I should know better, but the most common mistake I make when I go anywhere is not bringing a charger! Not only that, but a spare wire in case something happens or perhaps a battery charge bank is something I need to consider. Thanks for the article!

    1. Hi jamie bell, I keep those in my car, but definitely good additions for the office emergency kit – charger and/or battery charger would always come in handy. Thanks for the comment.

  2. A good article that has shown a few shortfalls in my kit; I don’t have a mask nor do I have a spare phone charger.
    I do have a torch & spare batteries, FAK, water, multi tool, high energy snacks, foil blanket, 100’ paracord, notebook & pen along with a crossword book.

    1. Hi Lee, You already have a great office emergency kit with what you have now, which more than a lot of people I know. Great idea, having the notebook and pen, plus crossword book. Just add a few items that you didn’t have previously and you’ll be set. Thanks for the comment!

  3. I keep a couple of spare undies in my pack. I have been stranded before for a couple of days when traveling and nothing more gross than wearing the same drawers for several days. Don’t forget travel tooth brush and paste too. When the SHTF I guess I’ll be fresh.

    1. Hi Bonnie, Those are all great additions! Fresh undies, toothbrush, and toothpaste will all help in a crisis situation. Thanks for the comment.

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