Treasury Department Pursues Survival Kits for Bank Employees

Out of all the survival-related stories I have come across, none have been as flat-out unusual as the US Treasury Department’s recent request that all employees at major US banks be equipped with their own survival kits. According to a solicitation released by the Department of the Treasury on December 4th, the government would be willing to spend multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to acquire the desired survival kits.

To be fair, the government’s request does not seem so unusual once you consider the number of threats that threaten banks year in and year out. The most obvious of these potential perils is without a doubt the possibility of hostage-takers entering and controlling a bank or other financial facility. In addition to that, there is the possibility of another type of disaster situation unfolding where bank employees very well might be trapped within the facility where they work.

Precise List of Required Materials

If the Treasury Department issued a request for their employees to be equipped with survival kits, you better believe that they included with the solicitation a list of items every kit would need. Unsurprisingly, most every item the Treasury Department mandates to be in their proposed survival kits you can find at Living Rational.

According to, the survival kits are required to be easily transportable and thus must be in a backpack or other type of bag. In addition to this, every bag must have a 30+ piece first-aid kit with plenty of medicines and bandages.

Other items included food bars and water purification tablets, the likes of which you will find in most every survival kit. Some of the more unusual items listed were a “reusable solar blanket”, a dust mask, and an “air-raid” mask to protect against any airborne viruses. There were plenty of other items listed as well, but to keep things simple, the kits can best be described as being quite comprehensive with regard to their contents. 

Survival Kits for Everyone

According to the solicitation released by the Treasury Department, survival kits will be supplied to all major banks in the United States. This includes: Bank of America, American Express Bank, BMO Financial Corp., Capitol One Financial Corporation, Citigroup, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Wells Fargo. In addition to these banks, survival kits will also be delivered to OCC (Office of the Comptroller of Currency) offices all across the United States.

The OCC has a little more than 3,800 employees, most of which are bank examiners. According to the release, every single one of those 3,800+ employees would be on the receiving end of a survival kit.

At this juncture, it is still unclear why the Treasury Department, out of all the government agencies that exist, would be the one to pursue the large-scale acquisition of survival kits. Typically, you would see this type of solicitation released by an agency such as the FBI, or the more obvious choice—the military. Still, this just goes to show you how concerned the government is for the well-being of their employees. While many are speculating that survival kits are being supplied because of the threat of homegrown or foreign terrorists, perhaps the Treasury Department realizes that survival kits are necessary for any number of reasons, not solely during life-threatening engages with the forces of Mother Nature or during an encounter with an armed intruder.