Preparing an emergency kit

Preparing your business for natural disasters

If a natural disaster strikes and you need to evacuate, having an emergency kit can help keep your business running in another location.

Keep your emergency kit where you can quickly and easily retrieve it. Alternatively, store your kit safely and securely off-site.

Record in your business's emergency plan the contents of your emergency kit and make someone responsible for keeping your kit up to date.

Key items to include in your emergency kit include the following:


Contact lists

  • List of employee contact details
  • Emergency services contacts
  • List of customer and supplier details
  • Product lists and specifications
  • Latest stock and equipment inventory

Other documents and items

  • Insurance policies
  • Financial and banking records
  • Cash
  • Keys for buildings, vehicles and equipment


  • Back-up data on USB memory sticks/flash drives, external drives, portable hard drives etc.
  • Spare keys and security codes


  • Radio (portable battery powered)
  • Torches and batteries
  • Spare batteries, power boards and power banks
  • Mobile phone with credit available, and chargers (portable and car)
  • Disposable camera (useful for insurance claims)
  • First aid kit and first aid manual
  • Masking tape
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)—gloves, masks, hand antiseptic, disinfectant, safety glasses
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Hazard tape
  • Waterproof bags and containers for valuables
  • Marker pens (for temporary signs) and general stationery
  • Utility knife
  • Tie down straps and rope

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