After a disaster, many people try to get home at once. This leads to stations and roads becoming filled with people, which in turn increases the risk of overcrowding incidents and inhibits first-aid and rescue operations, by preventing authorities from quickly reaching the scene. While going home by foot, there may be secondary damage from aftershocks. Attempting to go home straight after a disaster is very dangerous. If a disaster happens, do not start travelling thoughtlessly, and instead stay in a safe place.
Make sure you can get information from a variety of sources about temporary stay facilities, stations to support travelling home, and public transport operation information.
Twitter is a useful tool to quickly get information about JR, subway and private railway operation. Searching for tweets with the hashtag #～line (for example "#HanshinKobeLine") may allow you to see tweets from other users about whether that line is up and running.
Kobe City's Chuo Ward has an agreement with the Kobe International House (Kobe Kokusai Kaikan) and Kobe Bunka Hall, where in a disaster they will be opened to allow people to stay there temporarily, to ensure the safety of people with difficulty getting home. Remember that you can use those facilities to stay for a while until railways get up and running again in case of a disaster.
It is said that 20km is the maximum possible distance to walk home. First, check the distance and route home on a map. It is okay to use the map function of your mobile phone, but be careful that your battery doesn't run out and stop you from receiving important calls and emails. When walking, wear comfortable shoes and take breaks where necessary.
There are shops, etc. which provide water, toilets, a place to rest, information etc. for people walking home after a disaster, known as "Stations to support getting home after a disaster" (Saigaiji kitaku shien station). Shops under this scheme have the same yellow sticker ("Kitaku chan") at their entrance.