One hour from home, an easy drive, a long walk with a get-home-bag

I was coming back from Charlotte, NC, last night to my home in Lexington, NC. It was raining and cold; I was one hour from home.

As I drove to the sound of a squeaky windshield wiper, my mind wandered, and I began to think about the unthinkable, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). What if one struck right now.

I have grown accustomed to this easy drive, but now I would have to walk the rest of the way home. With 50 miles to go, it would take me 20 hours, walking none stop at 2.5 miles an hour. This was not going to be pleasant, but I would get there; my wife, scared, would be waiting for me.

Luckily we planned for something like this, and I have my GHB (get-home-bag) with me. In it, I have water, rain gear, tube tent, food, medical kit, emergency kit, etc.

Fortunately, this was only playing out in my head.

What if it really happened? Would you be ready for the long walk home?

I recommend everyone keep a GHB kit in their car.