Office Survival Tips for When SHTF

If a disaster struck while you were at work, do you know what you’d do? Ever even thought about it? Well, I have.

I bet most of you don’t keep a bug out bag with you at all times, and most probably don’t have one in their car. If a disaster hits, lets say an EMP, how are you gonna meet up with your family and keep yourself safe? Catholic or not, husbands and dads have a responsibility to protect and provide.

Make a bug out bag.

There are tons of good lists out there for packing one. Basically a 72 hour bag with essentials. Check my buddy’s page at Survivalist Prepper for ideas.

Make a plan.

Talk to your family. Cover the basics and tell them what to do. It takes time, but it will eliminate doubt and worry later. Things to consider.

  • Kids at school, parents at office.
  • Power outages
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado
  • How to wait. Where to wait. When to wait.
  • How to meet. Where to meet. When to meet.
  • Soliciting help.
  • Avoiding trouble

At the Office. Now what?

A nut job sets off an EMP and now nothing electronic works. That means no cars or phones to say the least. How to get back to kids? How far away from home are you? Try a google map for walking home. That’s an option. For me, it would take 4-5 hours to walk home using major thoroghfares and averaging 3 mph. What if you can’t go that way? You might have a longer hi commute than that. I used to have 75 mile commute once. You may have to divide the trip

Now you need supplies. What do you have in the office that might help?

This week, take a few minutes to observe items that might benefit you, especially if you have a long walk.

  • Scissors, box cutters, blades
  • First aid items (bandages, antiseptic, band aids, iodine, bite/sting kit, etc)
  • coffee, tea, cocoa
  • Condiments
  • Sugar
  • Packing tape
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Food
  • Bags

Get creative here. How many ketchup packs or jelly packs are in the breakroom? Those take a while to expire and they give a quick energy shot. Coffee is a gift from God and there are other uses besides drinking. Same for tea bags. Even half and half cups have calcium and vitamins.

Think of the stuff in desks that could be used. Ink pens can write, but could also be used as a straw or part of a filter. Coffee filters! Duffels, satchels, backpacks. There is gear to be had in an emergency.

The point is, guys, that we need to think about this stuff. Planning and forethought might make the difference between getting home safe and getting caught in a panicked mob. Talk to your family. Help them to think. It is your job.


About Tactical Catholic

Catholic husband, dad, and convert to the Catholic Faith. A Catholic layman doing his part to strengthen Catholic men for their vocation.

Posted on July 20, 2014, in Catholic Family, Catholic Husbands, Catholic Manliness, Marriage, Parenting, Preparedness, Self-Sufficiency and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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