In our digital world, it’s easy to stay up to date with text messages, phone calls, emails, and social media. But you can’t rely on all those communication methods in an emergency. Check out these four survival devices that can help you stay connected and find the right solution for your family.
You Can’t Always Rely on the Grid
A natural disaster or other crisis can have wide-reaching effects, including downed cell towers and power outages. Without Wi-Fi or cell service, the communication devices we’ve come to depend on become obsolete. Having an alternative communication system during a disaster is almost as important as stocking up on enough food.
There are two types of communication you need to keep in mind when looking for devices:
- One-Way Communication allows you to receive important information and updates from local authorities. You will be unable to communicate back, though.
- Two-Way Communication is for both sending and receiving information. This will allow you to talk with friends, family, and other community members. You can share information with each other and ask for help.
Walkie-talkies are one of the most basic bug-out bag communication devices. They are compact, perfect for stashing into a go-bag, and easy to use. While walkie-talkies have a limited range compared to other two-way communication devices, a lot of people tend to own them. You may be able to contact others outside your immediate circle if needed.
Quality matters when it comes to walkie-talkies. You don’t want to go with a cheap set that resembles a children’s toy. Talk-N-Go Rechargeable Walkie-Talkies are great to have in your emergency kit or even while camping. They have a range of up to three miles and feature a “secure mode” for when you don’t want others to come across your conversation. Plus, they’re easy and quick to recharge with a solar power bank, so you don’t have to worry about your walkie-talkie dying on you.
2. CB Radio
You’ve probably seen truckers in real life or on television use citizens band (CB) radios to communicate with each other. CB radios offer more range than walkie-talkies, but you’ll still be limited in distance. If your friends and family live within a close range, you could each set up a radio in your home so you have a quick and reliable way to communicate. It’s unlikely your neighbors will also have CB radios, so they can offer more privacy. However, you will have difficulty reaching out for help with one.
While walkie-talkies run on batteries, CB radios require a power source. If you choose to go the CB radio route, make sure you’re equipped with a solar generator for electricity.
3. HAM Radio
Amateur (HAM) radios will give you a larger range than CB radios and walkie-talkies. A HAM radio will be the better option if you’re hoping to stay in contact with those living farther from you or if you want to increase your chances of reaching people outside your social circle.
Unfortunately, HAM radios require a license to transmit. In a crisis, you might not be too worried about following regulations, but HAM radios have a bit of a learning curve. You’re going to want plenty of practice before the real deal happens. Practicing with your HAM radio will also give you a chance to get to know other HAM radio owners who may be able to help when disaster strikes.
Like with CB radios, you’ll need an alternative electricity source like solar power if the grid goes down. Luckily, many HAM owners are dedicated and will also have invested in alternative power, so you’ll be in good company if a crisis happens.
4. Solar Radio
Walkie-talkies, CB radios, and HAM radios are all great for interacting with other people, but they don’t lend themselves much toward receiving essential news and updates. When it comes to one-way communication devices, you can’t go wrong with a simple solar-powered radio.
The Liberty Band® Emergency Solar Radio is a best seller, and for a good reason. This radio relies on the sun for power, so you don’t have to worry about switching out batteries or finding a power source. You can even use it to charge other devices via USB, and it features a convenient flashlight. The Liberty Band® includes five different modes so you can listen to weather forecasts, stay up to date on national news, and even jam out to your favorite FM station. Its lightweight, compact design makes it perfect for taking on camping trips or stashing in your bug-out bag.
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