In the event of a widespread disaster, survival communications will become a necessity. Not only will this help you keep in contact with your family but also the outside world. Today’s advanced technology has made several options available to even the beginning prepper.
Walkie Talkies are a rather common item these days. You may even have a pair in your home at this moment. You would want to consider upgrading those if you would currently be relying on your children’s play toy however. Many of today’s walkie talkies come with several channels and a range of up to a couple of miles.
There are two types of talkies to be aware of; Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). Though you can easily purchase dual FRS/GMRS handhelds, you are required by the FCC to have a 5-year license to operate GMRS channels.
Scanners, commonly referred to as “police scanners,” can pick up many channels used by emergency responders and public safety organizations. This includes NOAA weather reports which may be especially useful if the disaster in question is a natural one. These scanners are available as base units and handheld devices.
CB Radios, or Citizen Band Radios, are those commonly used by truck drivers and other motorists. These are relatively inexpensive and easy to find. Those used by truckers are usually Single Side Band (SSB) and have more range. They are a bit more expensive, but worth the investment. Of the 40 channels included with a standard CB, there are a couple of channels devoted to public safety and/or weather updates.
Weather Alert Radios are a common investment for most homes. These radios are preprogrammed to receive alerts from NOAA for your specific area. In the event of a disaster, public safety announcements would likely be transmitted via these channels if possible. These are inexpensive investments and most are powered by batteries, not electricity. This is a good thing. Be sure to pick up a solar battery charger on your next prepper shopping trip.
Ham Radios may be considered the cream of the crop when it comes to survival communications. In addition to amateur radio being a hobby, ham radio operators are also licensed to jump into action in the event of a public emergency. This is a serious public service regulated by the FCC. Getting started with ham radio will require an Amateur Radio Service license. This will ensure you are prepared to assist the public come doomsday.
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