Hello, my friend and welcome back! A question that keeps popping up is what should I know before a disaster strikes at work? It’s a smart question and one that should be considered by anyone that works away from home. Today, I’m going to outline what I think you should know, so grab a cup of coffee my friend, and have a set while we visit.
Knowing what you should know before a disaster strikes while you’re at work, is important.
The first to remember is not to panic and make rash decisions. These can get you hurt or worse, even get you killed. If you have prepared and learned what you need to, you should be in good shape to face whatever happens. Below is my list and I hope you take it to heart.
Know where the first aid kits are located. If you are someone else is injured, you will need to know where they are to provide first aid for yourself or someone else. This is important because no matter how prepared you are, if your hurt and can’t get out of the building, then everything else is worthless.
Know all of the exits from your workplace. This is an important one. When a disaster strikes at work, there will be no time to look for them. The ones that you normally use may be blocked, so take the time to learn them all. Getting out of your workplace safely should be your first priority if the disaster is localized to your building. If not, then you’re going to need to get home as soon as possible.
Know what businesses are around your workplace and how far they are. You will need to know where you can find a safe shelter should you need to. If the disaster is an explosion, Fire, or even an earthquake, you will need a safe place to seek shelter. Other businesses are usually more than happy to take people in when there is an emergency.
Plan out an escape root to get home in advance. If the roads are blocked, and you’re trying to get home that can spell trouble. Plan out alternate routes you can take. Keep a map of your area in your desk or bag so you can see where you need to go. This one of the most overlooked items on this list. People take it for granted that they will no encounter any issues while trying to get home. Plan routes for both your car and on foot. Knowing this will save you time and headaches when it counts.
Always have some type of weapon on you in case you have to defend yourself. While the best way to carry a concealed firearm, some places do not allow them on premisses. The next best way is to keep a knife of some type on you. Even a small pocket knife would work if you need it. Personally, I carry a concealed firearm and keep a 6-inch pocket knife with me anytime I go anywhere. When I was at the office I would place the gun in my backpack. No one would know it was there unless I told them or I needed it in which case I would not care if they knew. This practice served me well for many years.
Have a get-home bag incase you must walk home. This bag can save your life! It’s a simple bag containing water, Power bars, a compact first aid kit, a pair of dry socks, and waterproof maps. you can add whatever else you want to your bag. I also keep a hunting knife and emergency sleeping bag(Mylar). I also keep a hiker tarp to make an emergency shelter should I need it. I have also added a crank-type emergency radio. The bag is lightweight and easy to carry. I know some who carry a few women tampons in their bags to treat gunshots. It just needs to be lightweight and contain the things you will need to get home even if it takes a couple of days.
Keep your gas tanks full. Gas may be impossible to get gas after a disaster strikes, so be ready. Having a working vehicle when a disaster strikes can make the difference between life and death in a disaster.
Know where your family members are. In the event of an emergency. If the emergency is not just at your workplace, you will need to know where they are and how to get to them. Not knowing where your children or spouse is when a disaster strikes can be heartbreaking. If they are at school or friends, know how to get there if you need to. Educate your family on where to meet in the event of a disaster. In the end, you will be glad you did.
Well, that’s it for today my friend and I hope this answers your questions about being prepared at work. It’s important to know and practice the things. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America! Drop by for coffee anytime.