Get home from Work ( GHfW ) Bag
An emergency situation can happen at any time. It doesn’t matter where you are, you may be on your own and forced to improvise.
Natural, terroristic, and man made disasters can force offices full of workers to evacuate. In big cities a disaster may also affect public transportation and congest the streets.
Your workplace emergency kit should be in a single, easy-to-carry container in case you are evacuated from your workplace.
In this post I’m going to show you how to make a Work Emergency Bag that you should store at work in the event of an emergency to keep you safe and prepared.
Discuss with your family what you may do in an emergency if they can’t reach you by cell phone and make sure you write down a list of emergency contact numbers.
Evaluate where you work and how far you live from work. Coordinate with your trusted co-workers and exchange ideas for creating individual WEB’s ideal for your situation, urban area, and workplace.
You all ready have your EDC (every day carry ) pack , right , with your HT and other radio stuffs needed .
SO NOW WE EXPAND ..
Canvas Bookbag – or LARGER shoulder-sling bag . Get a large, canvas, water resistant backpack with several compartments and padded shoulder straps. Attach a luggage tag with your name, address, and phone number.
Water – This can be a tough one but MUCH needed. Keep one gallon of water, preferably in a something easy to carry like a Camelbak or High Sierra Hydration Pack.
Food – Your food stores should be simple and require no cooking. S.O.S. Food Bars taste great, are full of calories and nutrients, and store for up to 5 years. They’re cheap too!
Meds , ( EDC ) – You should have at least a week’s worth in your EDC , but check ,
Flashlight , ( EDC ) – You need a small, powerful, and dependable flashlight.
Emergency Radio – Having a way to communicate to the outside world and keep up to date with what’s going on is vital in an emergency situation. The best emergency radios are hand crank and the best one I have seen is the American Red Cross Hand Crank Weather Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger. a great combo item that can provide you with light, information, and power in one little package.
GlowSticks – Having a couple of glow sticks is a nice extra in most kits, but it’s important to have them in a GHfW bag. Gas leaks could be everywhere in an urban environment and using a flashlight or other electronic device could spark an explosion. Make sure you grab a few as you’ll need a new one every night. The 12 Hour Emergency Glow Sticks (4 Pack) are cheap, made for emergencies, and glow very brightly.
Emergency Blanket – Mylar sheets (a.k.a. space blankets, emergency blankets) are lightweight, waterproof and very thin. They come tightly packed (they come in insanely small boxes), and should be left in their original packaging until you need to use them. They’re very hard to refold once opened and you’ll end up just stuffing it in your pack.
Whistle – , ( EDC ) A whistle will allow you to make noise for hours if you become trapped. Yelling for long periods of time will dry out your throat and make you hoarse. The higher pitch will also carry far better than your voice. The Made in the U.S.A. Storm Safety Whistle (a.k.a. the world’s loudest whistle!) is the way to go. At $6 and some change it’s no dollar store toy, but neither is your emergency kit. This whistle is so loud scuba divers use it under water and it has been adopted by the US military.
PryBar – A pry bar is a great tool for your kit and no WEB should be without one. Not only is it great for getting yourself out of a building, but it also makes a decent weapon against a would be assailant. The Big Ugly Emergency Combo gives you a pry bar, hammer, and hatchet all in one.
Running Shoes And Socks – Most dress shoes are so uncomfortable it’s impossible to walk several miles in them. You could even end up with feet so blistered you simply could not walk any more. Don’t believe me? Try running a mile in them and see for yourself! Make sure you have some good athletic running shoes and socks in your bag ready to go or you’ll regret it later, don’t take this one for granted.
First aid Kit , ( EDC ) – You can make your own first aid kit or buy a pre-packaged kit. A pre-made kit will usually cover a wide range of emergencies. The best thing to do is buy a pre-made first aid kit and then add to it with your own items.
Poncho – A poncho is easy to carry and super light. Protecting yourself from getting wet is important and a poncho is all you need. Hypothermia can set in faster than you think and having wet clothes can be a death sentence in cold weather.
Dust Mask , ( EDC ) – Make sure you pick up a pack of dust masks. As 9/11 proved there is A LOT of dust and smoke during most emergencies. A dust mask can protect your lungs from cancer causing particles such as asbestos and also keep some smoke out too. The best masks form to fit your face and have a valve for breathing, such as the 3M Valved Dust Mask. You can also go for a full Civilian Gas Mask if you don’t mind the odd looks. I pack a full gas mask because I know those at Ground Zero would have given anything for a full mask. The odd looks by strangers mean nothing when the entire sky is gray with poisonous dust and smoke.
in addition to dust masks, recommended the addition of a shemagh. It’s a 44×44 square of cotton. It’s part dust mask, part sun shade, can keep heat in you or help it escape you (by wetting it), it can also be tied as a sling for an arm or used to slow loss of blood. Multipurpose to the extreme! They are reasonably priced on amazon, and come in many colors and designs
Maps , ( EDC ) – Ever tried walking miles home from work during a total SHTF moment? I bet not. Imagine for a moment your disoriented and in shock, and maybe hurt too. Everything is covered in gray dust (including road signs)…Can you remember to count how many roads there are or pick out any landmarks (which could have been destroyed too) until your next turn? If your work is in the city but your house is in suburbia, what if you have to get off the road and into the woods?Dead tree ( paper ) maps best to have at hand , Don’t count on your cell phone GPS working during an emergency. Not only could your provider be overwhelmed but an EMP or solar flare could render it useless. Get maps of your areas of travel and pull up Google Maps and print out a map from your work back to your house. highlight the route and also note any important places, such as a hospital, police station, or some place where you can safely rest at night. If you can find a map of your building make a copy of it too, especially any building with more than 5 floors.
Cell Phone , ( EDC ) – You’ll probably have this on you already, just make sure it’s handy and charged.
Cell Phone Charger , ( EDC ) – A dead cell phone is useless and luck always has it that it will be dead right when you need it. Plus a two day walk out of town can be enough to finish off your phone. The best cell phone charger works every time and can be used for more than charging a phone. Again the American Red Cross Hand Crank Weather Radio fits both these needs. Told ya it’s a real marvel.The newer jump batteries are handy and cheap in price.
Money , ( EDC ) – Keep a few dollars in your WEB, about $20-50 in small bills. Make sure you hide your money in your bag somewhere. The cardboard bottom of your backpack is a great place. Fold your money up and tape it to the bottom of the cardboard, no one will think to look there.Also some coing in pill or film type containers .
Moist Wipes – A pack of baby wipes works well. Make sure you don’t open them until you need them or they will dry out.
MultiTool Knife , ( EDC ) – You need a knife, don’t underestimate it’s uses. Getting a multitool instead of a tactical knife gives you a lot of options, like having a screwdriver and pliers. A good multitool can be expensive though, upwards of $150, but you can get a decent Leatherman (the creators of the multitool) for under $30 on Amazon that fits all your needs. This is another place where you wouldn’t want to buy a cheapo china-made version. You can put a good multitool through hell, but a Chinese made one will bend or dull with just a few minutes use. Check out the Leatherman Pocket Multi-Tool for a good quality multi tool knife.
Extra Keys – Keep extra keys to your house and car in your kit. You should tape these to the same place you put your cash, the bottom of the hard cardboard piece in the bottom of your backpack. Make sure you don’t mark them in any way.
Documents – Make sure you have some form of identification on you. Also grab any special papers or photos you may have at your desk.
This is a place to start , add and remove to meet your needs BUT plan , you don’t want a 100 lb pack unless you have a pack an alpacka at work with you
And also take note , not much added for your EDC