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Building an Emergency Hurricane Kit for your Business

Natural disasters can occur without any warning and can cause serious damage to your business, your belongings, and even your colleagues. That’s why it’s so important to create a kit of resources that will help you get through tough times. 

So what do you include in an emergency kit? This can be a bit confusing, especially when you’re putting one together for your office. You’ll want to have enough supplies for multiple people and multiple days.

We’ve put together a list of some things that you’ll want to include in case you encounter a hurricane.

  • Food & Water Surviving a hurricane or other natural disaster comes down to the basics: food and water. Nonperishable food and fresh drinking water will ensure that you are fed and hydrated in case it takes a few days for rescue teams to reach you. You can also find water purification tablets that will make most water suitable for drinking.
     
  • Flashlights There’s a good chance that when facing a hurricane, you are going to be faced with a loss of power. In order to see your way around the office. Though you most likely won’t need to worry about running out of battery power, opting for flashlights that are powered by shaking or a hand crank will help ensure that you will always have light when you need it. If you prefer battery-powered flashlights, be sure to have a backup pack of batteries just in case.
     
  • Portable Toilet Though you may not realize it, sanitation and personal hygiene during an emergency are essential to avoid disease and infection. Having a portable toilet and wipes not only helps keep your space clean but also keeps everyone healthy.
     
  • Whistle & Radio When stuck in an emergency situation, it’s imperative that you have a way to stay connected with those outside. Having an AM/FM radio will allow you to stay updated on conditions or the locations of rescue teams. When a rescue team does reach you, having a whistle will help them locate you and get everyone out safely. Aim to have one that can be heard in all conditions. Underwater, in loud crowds, howling wind, and more.
     
  • Dust Mask When you’re faced with buildings that have been destroyed and other debris, you’ll want to have dust masks. Your employee's health is extremely critical and there can be harmful elements in the air that when breathed can cause sickness or even be fatal. You can find masks that simply cover the mouth and nose or you can choose masks that include a valve which increases airflow and comfort.
     
  • Back Up Shelter  Should a hurricane damage or flood your office, you’ll want an emergency shelter (tent or tarp) to help protect you from the conditions. Surprisingly, many of the casualties that occur after a natural disaster come from illness brought on by bacteria and lack of shelter from rain and low temperatures. Having tents, blankets, and sleeping bags will make a big difference in keeping you safe and warm.

Shop 1st Aid Supplies for everything you need to keep yourself, family and your employees protected in an emergency situation. 

 
Preparing for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters have been a top of mind concern for people across the nation recently as Hurricane Florence makes way toward the southeast coastline.

The extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane is expected to make landfall with extreme impact including extreme flooding, damaging forceful winds, and rising ocean waters. People are fleeing and warnings to evacuate have already been in place.

Not all disasters come with advanced warnings and just how detrimental this storm will remain to be seen.

With September being ‘Preparedness Month,’ it’s the perfect opportunity to review key precautions to take in advance to be best prepared for any natural disasters that may strike.

Prepare Your First Aid Kit

Having an emergency kit that’s easily accessible, well stocked and ready to use is a top priority for crisis preparedness. Including essential items you and your family will need in the event that you’re not able to leave or enter your home is a great place to start.

Consider including these basic essentials:

- Water

- Non-perishable foods

- Change of clothes

- Flashlight

- Batteries

- Personal hygiene items

There will likely be even minor injuries to address – or larger ones depending on the disaster. Having a first aid kit ready with supplies to address those is critical.

Some items to include in a first aid kit include:

Bandages

- Antiseptic ointment

Medications

- Sanitizer

Masks

Create a Family Emergency Plan

The best way to keep chaos and anxiety levels in control when disaster strikes is to have a plan in advance that everyone is confident in following. Keeping your family safe when the unexpected occurs includes having them practice evacuation routes and know who to contact should they lose touch with members of the household.

Be sure to register for emergency notifications from local emergency stations and monitor them closely for important information.

In addition to working on a plan everyone in the house knows, you should have it written out and put it in a safe location along with important documents should a disaster occur.

Here are some examples of the documents you should store safely and have access to:

- Identification cards

- Emergency contact information

- Driver’s licenses

- Photo IDs

- Birth certificates

- Social Security cards

Don’t Forget Pets!

While considering the safety of family members in a disaster, don’t forget to include your extended family – the four-legged friends you’ve had by your side each day. It’s easy to neglect including them in emergency plans and having to scramble last minute ensuring they are safe too. Instead put together a separate preparedness kit that will ensure your pet can survive.

Items to include in a Pet Preparedness Kit:

- A few days worth of their daily food intake in a tight and waterproof container.

- Clean, fresh water for a few days

 - Medical records & important documents.

- A separate first aid kit with supplies to address pet injuries

- Some familiar items to help reduce stress.

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Protecting employees while on the job is a requirement for workforces across the country. Not only keeping a safe environment for them to come to each day, but also providing necessary protections and equipment to shield them from harm. This is especially true in industries that handle dangerous materials such as toxic and caustic chemicals or those where heavy machinery and dangerous machinery is being used.

While hard hats, goggles, and gloves are great forms of protection there is also a need to protect employees from foot and leg injuries which are quite common.

According to OSHA, all safety footwear required for these facilities must meet ANSI minimum compression and impact performance standards and be ANSI-approved with a protective toe. Other options such as toe guards, leggings (for protection from welding sparks) and metatarsal or shin guards or over shoe and shoe cover protection are all common choices in footwear protection for the workforce.

In addition, there is a requirement that all safety footwear be inspected prior to use and they should be cleaned and maintained to prevent trips, falls and electrical hazards.

In industries where workers may not necessarily be interacting with dangerous materials but must be on their feet for many hours throughout the day, foot injuries can also occur. Shoes that include anti-fatigue insoles to support and redistribute pressure are as important as keeping flooring clear of debris and trip hazards.

How do you get employees to follow suit?

As the employer with a financial responsibility to keep workers safe, it’s important to implement rules on the use of PPE requirements and to offer mandatory safety training that helps employees realize just how many dangers are present.

At 1stAidSupplies.com we understand how critical safety is for your workplace and offer protection, first aid, and safety catalogs and online shopping categories so you can choose from ear plugs, goggles, hard hats, safety boots, masks, and many other personal protection products.  SHOP TODAY!

 

Across the U.S., warehouses play an important role in many industries. These locations maintain, produce and process products and goods and they also employ a large part of the workforce. Warehouses can also be extremely dangerous. The mix of heavy machinery, fast-paced work environment, and interaction between man and machine make safety and emergency prep important.

Here are some basic warehouse safety tips to keep anyone walking the floor at your facility well protected.

Always Use Personal Protection Equipment

Personal protection equipment (PPE) plays a vital role in the factory and warehouse setting. Protecting employee’s from injuries on the job and keeping visitors safe should be a primary focus. Various solutions from goggles to protect eyes, to hard hats, dust masks, back braces and so much more can be used. Depending on specific conditions at your worksite requirements for protective equipment may change. In some industries use of this safety gear is also critical to meet compliance standards.

Never Skimp on Training

A well-trained staff won’t just be safer, they’ll also work more efficiently on the job and be satisfied. This will show in their work. Feeling as though they are protected and their best interests are being kept in mind creates a workforce that's empowered with the skills to perform the job. By boosting employee morale, productivity levels, and even the bottom line will benefit.

Discover Specific Risks

To protect workers and employers from dangerous workplaces and the occurrence of injury or fatalities, OSHA has standards in place for the operation of machinery, necessary signage and other standards for warehouses to meet. If the use of forklifts carrying heavy pallets or containers throughout your warehouse is frequent for example, there are requirements for safe operation. Or, if repetitive motion and heavy lifting are part of the daily routine, there should be proper breaks so employees can perform stretching routines and taught proper lifting techniques to prevent issues. 

Keep First Aid Cabinet Stocked

In the event of an injury – even a small cut or scrape, it’s important that immediate attention is given. To do so, you need first aid supplies in a convenient location and stocked with essential supplies to meet whatever scenario may happen at your location. The importance of warehouse safety cannot be understated. At 1stAidSupplies we have everything you need to keep production moving and safety top of mind. 

 

The back to school season is upon us. Across many parts of the nation kids and young adults are heading back to class and now's a perfect time to review first aid tips for a healthy and successful school year.

In both the grade school and university level, having first aid training and supplies on hand in classrooms and around the building can be vital during emergencies.

Here are some tips to keep in mind this school year when it comes to first aid.

Have Emergency Plans Set

Just as with workplace safety, it’s important for schools to have plans in place on how to handle emergency situations. Some of these rules will apply to specific regulations, but many others are set in place on a local and state level and should be communicated clearly. Whatever your health and safety strategy at your school, be sure there are provisions in place that include a proper amount of first aid supplies and that kits are replenished regularly.

Emergency plans may also require staff and even students to have some basic first aid training. Holding free courses and requiring staff to become certified in things like first aid resuscitation can be extremely helpful when disaster strikes.  

Keep First Aid Supplies in Reach

The only way to respond to an emergency effectively is by having needed supplies on hand to handle the disaster. Keeping your first aid kit locked away in a storage closet where someone in need potentially wouldn’t be able to get it is not a good plan. Remember to keep multiple first aid kits within reach and scattered throughout the building in strategic and well-marked places. Kits containing different types of supplies for responders can also be used. A nurse, for example, may have access to things like epi-pens and inhalers while a trained teacher may instead have a kit with gauze and bandages close by.

At 1stAidSupplies.com we carry a number of emergency preparedness kits to help schools and campuses meet requirements and be prepared for various disaster scenarios. Our Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit offers all of the supplies needed for those trapped in a lockdown scenario to survive. We also offer a Teacher Survival Kit and basic supplies for students to survive 3 days in an emergency.  

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