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Urban Evac Tip: Create a custom Google Map to get you home

Do you know your way home? Yes, it seems like an easy enough question to answer. Now, unless you walk to work – do you know your way home if you had to do it on foot? I currently work at an office 20 minutes away from home, by car. To walk home, it would take me about 2.5 hours. My previous office was 40 kilometres away, and it would have taken me 8.5 hours to walk home.

How do I know this? Thanks to the wonder that is Google Maps. If you need to get home in an emergency, and the only way to get there is on foot, you’d best know your way. In this article, I’ll show you how to create a custom map just for you.

1. Go to Google Maps

2. Enter your workplace address.

In our example, we’re using the Apple Store in Fifth Avenue, New York.

3. Click on Get Directions.

4. You’ll be asked to enter either A or B. Enter your home address.

5. Click Get Directions. Choose the walking directions (that’s the walking man icon).

You’ll notice that a drive just over 20 minutes would take around 2.5 hours if you have to walk the same distance. Google Maps gives you step by step directions – how far to walk in each segment of the journey, where to turn, etc.

Why is this important? Well, if you’re like me, you’ll have some idea of how to get home – which direction to head, what are the main roads – but you won’t always know the exact best way to take.

There you have it! In about 5 minutes you’ve made your own custom Get Me Home map.

I recommend printing out a the map (including the detailed directions) and keep it in your car or Get Home Bag.

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  2. raymond on Saturday 19, 2011

    One recommendation is that for security reasons the home address should be a region rather than a specific address. I may be being paranoid but if the GHB needs is stolen the map would lead an adventurous scoundrel to your front door!