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Business Preparedness Kit

Flashlight with extra batteries

Use the flashlight to find your way if the power is out.  Do not use candles or any other open flame for emergency lighting.

Battery-powered radio

News about the emergency may change rapidly as events unfold.  You also will be concerned about family and friends in the area.  Radio reports will give information about the areas most affected.


Enough non-perishable food to sustain you for at least one day (three meals), is suggested.  Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.  The following items are suggested:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meals, meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • High-energy foods (granola bars, energy bars, etc.)


Keep at least one gallon of water available, or more if you are on medications that require water or that increase thirst.  Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.  Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.


Include usual non-prescription medications that you take, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, etc.

If you use prescription medications, keep at least three-day’s supply of these medications at your workplace.  Consult with your physician or pharmacist how these medications should be stored, and your employer about storage concerns.