Sometimes I like to share with readers some low-tech solutions to potential problems at banks. Take vaults, for example. What happens if someone-employee or customer-gets locked inside? Sure, there are procedures at banks to ensure something like that doesn't happen. But there is still that possibility. Well, Diebold is now offering "vault survival kits" for financial institutions. The kits are one of those "just in case" things that may come in handy one day.According to Pamela Barron, director of DieboldDirect, "The vault survival kit includes comfort items as well as tools to gain access to vault locking mechanisms from the inside with guidance provided by someone outside of the vault."
The kit can be hung or placed inside a vault and includes: • Shake flashlight • Small claw hammer with a variety of screwdrivers in the handle • #2 Phillips screwdriver • Pliers • Bottle of water • Granola bar • Packet of tissues • Mini first aid kit • Vault kit bag with emergency contact card • Thermal blanket
Things happen, whether a robbery where people are forced into a vault or a the locking mechanism malfunctions on the door. It seems like something such as the vault kit could very well earn its keep in a bank. But hopefully, it will never have to be used!