Breaking: Power Outage Hits San Francisco

Urban development

San Francisco Gate is reporting a massive power outage with an estimated 95,000 customers being affected.

A massive power outage in San Francisco caused a blackout Friday morning in neighborhoods across the city, from the Financial District to the Presidio, forcing the closure of businesses, a BART station, cable car service and a federal courthouse, officials said.

This is a good opportunity to talk about a basic Get Home Bag (GHB). The GHB should have everything needed to walk home in a grid down situation, like what is happening in San Francisco.

Examples:

  • Road map.
  • Bottles of water.
  • Snacks.
  • Flashlight.
  • Portable cell phone charger.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Wide brim hat, such as a boonie hat.

Have a route picked out to get home, and then have a backup route.

Let friends and family know your plans. “In a grid down situation and the subway is closed, I am taking this route home. If this route is closed for some reason, my secondary route is…”

Avoid a tactical style backpack for your GHB. Pick something that blends in with the local culture. In other words, be a gray man and blend in.

Keep a pair of walking shoes or hiking boots at the office.

Maybe keep a change of clothes at the office. Get out of the suit and put on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

To fine tune the GHB, go on a day hike or a walk around the city. What would make your trip a better experience?

Kevin Felts

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