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Office Emergency Kit Checklist

Updated November 2021

An office emergency is any situation that disrupts, threatens, shuts down operations, or causes physical and environmental damage to the workplace and its workers. Companies often prepare for emergencies by spending large sums of money on disaster insurance to relieve them of any economic and physical damages during the accident. 

So why not spend as much money, if not more, to protect the workers?

As people return to the office, it is crucial to ensure your office emergency kit is up-to-date and ready for anything mother nature throws at you.

Maintaining Office Continuity

During extreme disasters, outside help may not be able to arrive for several days. The supplies in your emergency kit will help workers to either evacuate or shelter in place for an extended period. 

Offices should also own a trauma first aid kit for office first responders to treat employees who have been severely injured but cannot get emergency medical assistance immediately. 

Keeping an injured employee stable until medical professionals arrive could save their life.

Some businesses may have an emergency response plan that requires certain employees to remain at the facility to maintain critical systems. Having adequate shelter-in-place and emergency supplies is essential to supporting these employees in their duties during a safety protocol.

Maintaining a fully stocked office emergency kit can be the difference between life and death.

What to Put in Your Office Emergency Kit

Office emergency kits should have the supplies necessary to help employees escape danger or shelter-in-place at work until emergency relief has arrived. 

Each emergency kit should provide for the basic needs of the employee, including: 

  • Food and water
  • Breathing protection
  • First aid
  • Shelter
  • Communication
  • Light
  • Tools
  • Hygiene and sanitation

These supplies cost a business about $5 to $6 per employee per year. 

Take a look at our office survival kit list to make sure that your office is equipped with all the necessary supplies to survive several days without electricity, food, and water.

Search and Rescue

When a catastrophic event causes severe damage to your building, search and rescue tools can be the difference between life and death for any trapped or crushed employees.

Suggested items:
  • Leather palmed work gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Pry bar

Breathing and Lung Protection

After more than a year of almost constant mask-wearing in some places, we may be tired of them. However, masks help reduce the spread of germs and protect you from potentially dangerous particles in the air. Encourage your employees to hold onto their masks while also supplying them in the workplace in case of an emergency.

Suggested items:
  • Dust masks

Minor Medical Situations

For major medical situations, you should have a separate trauma first aid kit. Make sure you are practiced in how to assist others with these items in minor medical situations.

Suggested items:
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blankets

Hydration and Nutrition

If you need shelter in place, you should have enough food available to provide sustenance until your employees can safely leave the building.

Suggested items:


Keeping shelter supplies on-site will help if walls or parts of your roof are damaged or destroyed.

Suggested items:
  • Tarp/ground cover
  • Cord

Light and Communication

Communication is essential in staying safe in an emergency. Your employees need to find one another and get the latest information on their situation with reliable communication supplies.

Suggested items:

Hygiene and Sanitation

In an office emergency, bathroom access may not be available – especially in a lockdown situation. Keep hygiene and sanitation items on hand to maintain health and safety in the office until help arrives.

Suggested items:
  • Portable toilet
  • Toilet bags
  • Deodorizer packets
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Sanitary towelettes
  • Hand sanitizer

In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of employers provide emergency preparedness kits for their employees at work and provide emergency kits for their employees’ families at home. 

Making small investments to prepare employers and their families for a disaster now is the best way for a business to be secure in the future.

Download your copy of LifeSecure’s office emergency supplies checklist, and post it where everyone can see in order to be prepared for any emergency.

Office Emergency Supplies Checklist
David Scott
David co-founded LifeSecure in 2005, just a few months before Hurricane Katrina taught everyone that one can go hungry and thirsty in America and even die before help arrives. For over a decade David has focused on developing and discovering superior emergency and disaster survival solutions - kits and supplies. He has trained community groups in emergency preparedness, helped non-profit organizations prepare emergency kits for needy individuals, conducted community emergency response exercises, and developed emergency plans for non-profit organizations. David makes an ongoing study of how best to prepare for and respond to various natural and man-made disasters, and his mission has been to help others “live Life SECURE” every day by preparing for what may come someday.