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#60629 - 02/17/06 06:54 PM My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
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Loc: Bucks County PA
I've recently started a new job. My office is just south of the "Flatiron" building, in Manhattan, but we're moving across the street from the location of the World Trade Center in the next few weeks. My commute is insane, the hours are long, the pay is fantastic.

Now, on my person I have the usual urban gear (water, whistle, FAK and phone and such) but our office! Oh whata disgrace! Not so much as a flashlight, much less blankets, food, water storage or anything else that we might need for a "shelter in place" situation (like a hurricane, a bomb, a blackout).

So I'm going to gradually build a kit, for under my desk, but with the actual purpose of being for the 20+ person office.

Flashlight. Batteries. FAK. And...?

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#60630 - 02/17/06 07:14 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
Stu Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Bring up the WTC bombings to the 'bosses" and ask if there is any $$$ in the budget for you to build a office kit for group use.
Stu
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#60631 - 02/17/06 07:15 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
AyersTG Offline
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Registered: 12/10/01
Posts: 1272
Loc: Upper Mississippi River Valley...
Martin - Lengthy threads about that topic back before you signed in - many good suggestions.

Perhaps think about:

1. Get out of the building items (hand, eye, and respiratory protection, plus maybe a tool or two)
2. Get out of the immediate area items (the above, plus non-descript clothing / footwear appropriate for conditions, GOOD maps, water, a couple of caffinated energy drinks)

Gets pretty crazy to go much beyond that IMHO. Oh, perhaps an alternate means of communicating with your family (assuming you already have a cell phone). That can be both high-tech and low-tech.

Tom

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#60632 - 02/17/06 07:20 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
Misanthrope Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 156
Loc: Chicago burbs
A minifridge in your office, well-stocked with Guinness for the evening commute.
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#60633 - 02/17/06 07:49 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
MartinFocazio Offline

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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2155
Loc: Bucks County PA
I'm the "boss" - it's a director position, so I have control over a good sized (7 figure) operational budget. I can allocate funds, just trying to get a sense of what's needed from anyone else.

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#60634 - 02/17/06 08:31 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
norad45 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
MRE's, bottled water, some sort of portable toilet. For 20+ people I hope you have a big desk.... <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />

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#60635 - 02/17/06 08:54 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
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Registered: 04/08/02
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if you'r the boss, you could just ask or recommend people to bring some emergency items to office. Or is the office culture a bit diffrent in the US?
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#60636 - 02/17/06 09:07 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
Malpaso Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
Posts: 817
Loc: MA
Radio and/or scanner, battery operated. Water, food, non-electronic entertainment.
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#60637 - 02/17/06 11:09 PM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
duckear Offline
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Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 477
Get a water cooler for bottled water and some "extra" five gallon bottles of water. No rotation worries.

5 gallon buckets/lids and kitty litter for toliets. One for every four or five persons.

Get some of those ARK "suvival kits". About $15-20 and have rations/ water/ personal FAK/mylar blanket/light. One per person and they should mantain it at their desk and be responsilbe to produce it for random checks.


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#60638 - 02/18/06 12:15 AM Re: My NYC Office does not have a flashlight.
groo Offline


Registered: 11/02/03
Posts: 722
Loc: Florida
This should be a great idea, but all I can think of are the potential problems. Especially liability resulting from injury while using company provided emergency equipment. Or even, injury resulting from the lack of a particular piece of equipment, given that you supplied some, but not all of what would be required.

Maybe you oughta just have enough for one, and be a loud and continuous advocate for everyone having their own, just like yours.


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