The material presented on this page is intended to start you thinking about what you can do today that might someday save your life. If nothing else, our "Tip o' da Week" might just make your life a bit easier when a disaster strikes. We do not present topics that cost a lot of money (like structure reinforcement.) These are "do it yourself" projects and are relatively inexpensive.
Introducing the Hatsuden Nabe
Note: TheEpicenter has formatted the information below but has only made minor editorial changes with the submitter's approval.)
While working at your desk, you hear a distant rumbling. It's not a jet taking off at the airport. The building begins to shake, lights flicker and you realize that a major earthquake is in progress.
The natural thing to do is dive under your desk or the most sturdy piece of furniture close by. Meanwhile, debris is falling from the ceiling, bookcases are tipping over and calamity reigns for several minutes (it seems like an eternity - ask anyone who has been through a big quake...).
But, what if you have a 72-hour office survival kit stashed under the desk? Sit back, crack open the box, pull out your flashlight and wait in relative comfort with the non-perishable food and three-day supply of water you have on hand. Water in sport plastic bottles is great for this use, but remember to change the water on a regular basis.
Did you cut yourself on a broken vase as you were diving under the desk? No problem - the first aid kit in your 72 hour supplies will fix you up with a Band-Aid or even a substantial bandage, if you need it.
If trapped inside a building, a 72-hour kit could save your life or make you more comfortable for the duration. Life gets lonesome in a hurry if you have to live underneath a desk.
Suppose you are able to exit the building after the shaking stops. Your first thought is of home and family.
Do these disasters strike at high noon when the temperature is mild and balmy? Never!. They usually come when the weather is gray, mean and nasty. Do you have a heavy jacket, blanket or space blanket in your 72-hour kit or car? We do have cold winter temperatures nearly half the year, you know.
The first choice is preferred, if at all possible, but if you feel the extreme urge to head home, it's going to be a long walk. Be sure to let company disaster officials know what you plan to do and where you plan to go. (They might hog-tie you until the urge passes...)
Stay away from telephones - they probably won't be working anyhow.
OFFICE 72-HOUR KIT
ITEMS INCLUDED IN BASIC KIT
Size Description Shelf Life
1 each FOOD ENERGY BAR
(3600 calorie, 1 person for up to 3 days) 5 years
6 4oz WATER POUCHES 5 years
1 btl WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS 3 years
1 each BLANKET (emergency reflective)
1 each PONCHO (emergency)
1 each TUBE TENT (2 person / with rope)
1 box MATCHES (windproof / waterproof)
1 each CANDLE (100 hour)
3 each LIGHT STICKS (12-hour, non-flammable) 4 years
1 each FLASHLIGHT
1 each FIRST AID KIT
(moderate level care, with book (see list) 3 years
1 each KNIFE (Swiss / pocket)
1 each WHISTLE
1 each WASH CLOTH (handy-wipe)
1 roll TOILET TISSUE (in bag)
5 each DUST MASKS
4 each ZIPLOCK BAGS
1 each GARBAGE CAN LINER
1 each BACK PACK (to hold 72 hour kit)
1 each SOAP (hand, antibacterial (Dial brand)
1 each CHAPSTICK (Blistex, PF 10) 3 years
1 tube SUNTAN LOTION
(full block, wet/dry Face Aloeap/, 1 oz, PF 25) 3 years
1 each TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE (travel kit with case) 3 years
1 each CONTAINER (1 quart / sized for water tablets)
2 each BATTERY
(D, for flashlight/with bag) 2 years
(Duracell, "copper top")
4 each BATTERY
(AA, for radio/with bag) 2 years
(Durracell, "copper top")
1 each RADIO (small / in bag)
OPTIONAL ITEMS (essential)
Size Life Description
$75 paper and coin
(Do NOT store money in your 72hr kit)
1 each JACKET & GLOVES (keep in car)
1 each CHANGE of CLOTHES (with walking shoes)
1 each BLANKET (wool blend)
1 each dated MEDICATION (prescription and over-the-counter)
1 each SLEEPING BAG (keep in car)
3 each PERSONAL HYGIENE
OPTIONAL ITEMS (for consideration)
Size Life Description
1 pack dated
1 each COMPASS
1 each 2nd EMERGENCY REFLECTIVE BLANKET (use under tent)
1 each WASH CLOTH (white)
1 each HAND TOWEL (white)
1 each TENT 2-MAN (Odyssey)
4 each WARMER PACKS (18 hour / hand and body)
3 day 5 year MRE
(food 10-lbs, MRE, Side, Fruit bars, Desserts, Hard Candy)
3 each MRE HEATER (to heat 3 entree / 1 a day)
There it is - food for thought - and we've covered most things you need for an office 72-hour kit.
Remember, it's not IF it happens, but WHEN!
Some background about this week's submitter: Lon Stuart is a Technical Writer at OEC Medical Systems, Salt Lake City. Lon is an active Ham Radio Operator and has been Chairman of the North Salt Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee for about 3 years. Besides being committee chairman, he is also communications manager for the city Emergency Preparedness Committee. He is also active in several other Emergency Preparedness organizations, including an ad hoc committee at work.
Thanks again to Lon Stuart for submitting this Emergency Preparedness "Tip o' da Week"!
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