If you don't have an adequate emergency kit in your home, here's how to put one together so you're prepared in the event of an emergency. After a major disaster, emergency response units are usually spread pretty thin. The ready.gov website recommends planning for 72 hours on your own. That means keeping in contact with someone outside the boundaries of the emergency, making a household plan, making your home safe, and putting together a disaster supply kit. The website at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit will walk you through the entire process, so you can stay calm and collected and make sure you have everything you need—beyond the obvious food, water, first aid, and into the other useful items like liquid bleach, duct tape, and a crowbar.
Head over to ready.gov/build-a-kit and the site will walk you through the process of putting together your 72-hour emergency kit, and spread it around to everyone you know that may be affected by the coming storm or not—it never hurts to be prepared. Also note that you can print the entire guide in PDF form—it's probably a good idea to print off a copy and keep it in your kit, especially the "what to do if" section, which offers helpful (and calming) advice for what to do in the event of an earthquake, flood, terrorist attack, contagious disease outbreak, fire, tsunami, and more.
How about your home office? Take some time to prepare in case you have to your business from a location that is not familiar to you. Make sure you have back ups of all of your important files. There are numerous cloud sites that can help with this. Here in the Tampa Bay area a call to Shawn Clark at Compasspointz IT Services website: 888-711-2032 (www.compasspointz.com) is a great place to start. Their back up service is affordable and effortless.
You will probably need to have some basic items to run your business like a laptop and perhaps a small inkjet printer for printing invoices. As you go about your business for the next week or so take note of the items you are using on a regular basis. Put those items on a “must have” list in the event you need to relocate. A few pens, your check endorsement stamp, postage stamps, post it notes, paper clips, stapler, and some file folders may keep you in business during an emergency