Of course, everyone, young and old, big and small, should take the time to prepare themselves for the next big disaster or emergency that’s sure to come. It’s hard to predict exactly what might come your way, flood, hurricane, tornado, volcanic eruption, tsunami, or maybe an earthquake, but it’s coming. There is no place on the entire earth that is totally immune from all kinds of disasters and you never know when you might get hit with a double disaster, like Fukashima, an earthquake, which triggered a tsunami, which in turn caused the meltdown of a nuclear reactor.
Plus, you never know when your preparedness will end up saving the life of someone you know and care for like a friend, relative, or neighbor. Part of being prepared is being able to listen to the local and nationwide emergency responders in order to know what’s happening, and where to get the help you need. For that, the best thing to do is have a survival radio designed just for that purpose.
You Have A Radio, But Does It Work No Matter What?
Everyone has a radio built into their cell phone, another in their car, and yet another one as part of their home stereo. Of course, most local stations of all kinds will have battery backups and generators to stay online and they will be giving updates on what ever kind of emergency has befallen your area.
However, if the power goes out, so will your home stereo, and eventually your cell phone. Then, if a tree fell on your car, it could be dead too. This scenario could happen in windstorms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, so as part of being really prepared you should have a completely independent radio that you can depend on.
What To Look For In An Emergency Radio
The most important consideration is going to have to be the power source. It has to be an available power source no matter what kind of emergency you’re involved in, any time of day, and reliable. For that, a hand crank is the best with a rechargeable battery built-in. That way, you can crank the handle and listen to the latest news from anywhere at anytime.
It should also receive the SAME alerts, that stands for Specific Area Message Encoding, and it’s where you’ll be able to listen to the latest NOAA wether alerts and news. NOAA, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration will have the National Weather Service updates running continually. It should have both AM and FM bands. The FM radio signals sound better for music but the AM bands travel many times farther and are far more important in an emergency situation.
When choosing your radio, get one that has the ability to charge other devices from the hand crank as well, it should also have a reliable light built into it, one that has the new LED bulbs which draw very little power and are incredibly durable. A true emergency survival radio with have a sticker on it designating “Public Alert” which means it receives the NOAA alerts and will play a disaster alert signal each time a new broadcast comes on.
Surviving an emergency or disaster sometimes comes down to the smallest detail but you’ll never know in advance what that is going to be. It could be the water bottles or food you have stored away, or it could be that well stocked emergency first aid kit, you won’t know until it happens. You’ll also not know who might be the recipient of your preparedness, you just have to know that by being ready, the life you save may be your own, or someone you dearly love.