SHTF Living When TSHTF
Tips and advice on walking home from work/getting home when SHTF!
Last Revised 07/19/2017

Remember the Rule Of 3 for SHTF survival:

  • You can only survive about 3 minutes without air.
  • You can only survive about 3 hours without shelter/adequate protection from the environment.
  • You can only survive about 3 days without water.
  • You can only survive about 3 weeks without food.
  • You can only survive about 3 months without medication (for chronic conditions).

A Basic Walking Home From Work Emergency Kit/Get Home Bag

Many of these items may be in your Shelter At Work Kit already. Some of these items may be in your Every Day Carry Kit (EDC Kit) already.

In an emergency situation, you should be prepared in the event you have to make the trip home from work by foot. While a typical Go-Bag/Bug-Out Bag is stocked full of items to support you for at least 3 days or more, a Get-Home Bag should contain the minimal amount of items to support you in getting home within a 24-hour period. Check your walking home from work emergency kit against this basic check-list:

  • A topographical map from your office to your home. You will need to know alternate routes home in case your normal route is impassable, even to pedestrians.
  • Walking shoes.
  • Disposable plastic rain poncho with hood.
  • Fleece jacket, gloves, and a hat.
  • Pepper Spray.
  • A flash-light and batteries. My personal preference is the Mag-Lite with at least at 3 D-cell capacity. It is tough, bright, has an adjustable beam from spot to flood, and can be used as a pretty good attitude adjuster if need arises. Ask any cop or bouncer why they carry one.
  • Small battery/solar/wind-up powered radio with a wrist strap. A "nice-to-have" is an option on the radio to charge your cell phone if it dies.
  • Wristwatch with alarm.
  • Cellular phone (always keep your cellular phone at least one-half charged at all times).
  • Small easy to carry first-aid kit. For those minor injuries that don't require dialing 911, a few bandages, gauze, surgical tape, disinfectant, tweezers and ibuprofen are handy for handling minor cuts and scrapes.
  • A travel pack of tissue for improvising a face mask, use as emergency toilet paper, or for wiping your glasses or nose.
  • Anti-Nuclear Radiation Potassium Iodide tablets. 65 mg dose for children, 130 mg dose for adults. If the tablets must be rationed because of limited supply, the rationing priority should be by age with the youngest having the highest priority to receive the tablets, and the oldest having the lowest priority to receive the tablets.
  • A N100 face mask (particulate respirator). If you can't afford a N100 face mask, get a N95 face mask and use surgical tape to seal the face mask to the face.
  • Box of high energy energy food such as Granola bars. Beware of buying foods that require clean water and heating to eat.
  • Personal emergency water filter straw or enough bottled water to drink to get you home. Change bottled water every 6 months. If you decide to carry water purification tablets instead, most tablets purify one liter (quart) of water per tablet, so carry at least 4 tablets. You will also need a one liter (quart) bottle to mix the tablet and the water to be sterilized.
  • If you have a long walk home and so must carry more food and water than will fit in your pockets or purse, get a fanny-pack or small backpack to carry them.