Get Home Bag

April 16, 2016


What’s a “Get Home Bag?”


Imagine you are at work, (or shopping or at your best friend’s house) and an earthquake hits. The roads are unpassable from great cracks in the ground and rubble from fallen buildings. The bridges have collapsed. You are not driving home. How far is the walk home? How far to your children’s daycare? What kinds of shoes are you wearing? How are you dressed? 


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a raincoat, some food and water? If you are far from home, these could be lifesaving. On 9/11 all transportation was stopped in that part of New York, and thousands of people walked home.


Snow or flooding frequently close roads for hours or days.


If you drive to work and around town, it shouldn’t be a problem to have a “Get Home Bag” tucked into the trunk. If you ride the bus, it’s a bit harder. Think about where you might go, and ask yourself what it would take to get you home if you had no transportation. How many miles is it? Most of us walk about 3 miles/hour.  12 miles divided by 3 miles/hour equals 4 hours of walking to get home.


Find a small backpack to hold your essentials. (Backpacks go on sale in August before school starts, or you can pick up one cheap at a thrift shop.)

  • Good walking shoes, unless they are on your feet

  • Hat – baseball hat to keep the sun out or a warm one to keep the heat in.

  • Jacket – raincoat or warm one, depending on the season

  • Gloves

  • Knife – Swiss army knife

  • Flashlight or headlamp

  • Dust mask or handkerchief

  • Food – granola bar, protein bar, jerky, nuts

  • Bottled water

  • Protection – gun? Pepper spray? Taser?

  • Lighter

  • Small Kleenex pack to use as toilet paper

  • Small package of wet wipes

  • Pen/paper

  • Hair comb, hair ties if needed

  • Mosquito repellant? Medications? Sunscreen?

  • Cash, small denonimations

If you are traveling far from home, you’ll need a bigger backpack and more survival supplies.

  • 25 feet of cord

  • 10 feet of duct tape

  • Extra socks (Don’t want blisters on your feet)

  • Small first aid kit

  • Survival blanket.

  • Filter straw in case your water bottles run out

  • Extra clothes

  • Small radio


Good job. High five! You are ready!

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