Communications are crucial in a survival situation. Regardless of the type of aftermath we are facing, a means of communication can save your life.


Most of us take technology for granted, not realizing how much we depend on it, but the fact is, our technology is very vulnerable in the face of a disaster, either natural or man made.

Fortunately, the situation is not as gloomy as you might think. There are a few solutions that will allow you to communicate with those who matter to you the most.

Let’s start by analysing the importance of carrying around a small, portable cell phone charger. Prices range between $30 and $100. If the disaster did not interfere with the proper functioning of the satellite systems and you are still able to use your phone, then having this device on you will come in very handy.

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If however, the landlines, the Internet and the satellite communications are down, you will have to be prepared, as well. There is a vast array of communication tools you could use, such as:

  1. The Receivers are efficient in enabling you to find out updates on the traffic, weather conditions or any other relevant information.
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  • Radios: the benefit of these consist in the fact that they can convey information across large distances. The power of the signal and the antenna are important factors influencing the radio range. In this category, I have also included the weather alert radios, which are useful in providing info on weather conditions. They also emit signals, to alert the population of a potential danger.
  • Scanners: this is a receiver that can catch for up to 20 different frequencies, operating between 20 and 512 MHz.
  1. The Transceivers: these communication tools can help you have a two-way communication with others, instead of simply listening to what someone has to say or announce.
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  • The Family Radio Service (FRS): as the name suggests, this equipment (also known as the walk-talkies) is intended to aid family members keep in touch with one another. One disadvantage would be that you are unable to use these, whilst being far away from your sibling. However, they seem to be performing quite well at a short range. Battery is unreliable, as well.
  • Citizen Band (CB) Radios: CB radios (also referred to as trucker radios) also come in a battery-operated form. These gadgets have 40-channels, a microphone and an antenna, which is helpful when in need to further extend the range. As far as price is concerned, these are quite cheap.
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  • The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS): this is a two way communication equipment, but not just about anyone is able to use it, but only those who are FCC (Federal Communications Commission) licensed. It can cover up a distance of up to 15 miles.
  • Marine Radio: are found on all kinds of boats. They are particularly useful, as they provide a lot of intelligence on weather alerts, criminal rates or any other relevant information.
  • Ham Radio: perhaps the most reliable communication equipment, which can be use at a very long range. It can convey graphics, sounds and texts.  Similarly to the GRMS, these are only to be operated by those who are FCC licensed. However, in a dangerous situation, anyone is allowed to use the HAM radio. Albeit, this is one of the best long range communication devices, not a lot of people are trained into how to use the HAM.

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Have you ever been required to use any of the communication tools described above? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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13 Comments

  1. Someone on another site mentioned that an unplugged microwave might be a perfect place to put a computer or other sensitive device to protect from solar flares.

    Maybe computers/cell phones would not be destroyed if protected.

    1. Hi Mary, though microwave may seem the ideal place to protect sensitive electronic equipment, I would not rely on it. I believe, the best advice that I could give someone is to go on YouTube. And look under shielding for electronic equipment. It will cover solar flares and the hydrogen detonation. It’s a good idea at least your thinking about it. I believe there are simple ways to at least give you peace of mind that you can protect some equipment. But the majority of equipment that is not shielded will just be fried. At least modern equipment after the 1980s. But you’re on the right path. Read all you can about it. You may think yourself later. Good luck

  2. We used handheld 2 way radios extensively at the Bundy ranch. Couldn’t have pulled it off without them as our cell phones were shut down by the govt.

  3. Hopefully more into will come out on the ham type devices. Need a good battery, dependable set. Of course the cheaper the better. Maybe not to transmit but to be able to check on the rest of the country/world. hopefully ones that would work off a solar power type set up. And that is my two cents worth. Be safe and may God protect.

  4. Since it is commonly accepted that we will have a EMP attack, there will be few resources available other then what you have put away. Please get ready!!!

  5. i have 2 way radios that are good for up to 23 miles. my kids live about 3 miles from me. my kids have one and its on the charger and we decided on a channel that worked has i drove home. Ham hand held radios are cheap, but you need the FCC license which i have from being a pilot. you can buy large mortar cans, military ones and line them with cardboard and a tight seal for EMP protection.Put you cell phone in a box and completly cover it with aluminum foil is another good trick.

  6. I was a navy radioman in the late 50s and early 60s, from SE Asia to the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Latin America. Sideband was just coming online, developed by hams at Collins Radio Corporation in Iowa. Cripes, we were still using tubes, just starting to get transistor equipment. Some of us were hams, a lot of us had FCC licenses in various levels. It was an interesting time. You’re right, the ham gear is the most reliable.

  7. Thank you to all! I am doing my best to Prep on my SS; and i know GOD will see that i am able!
    May HE take care of you all!

  8. I got into Ham radi just for that purpose and now operate a ham radio shack in a county EOC. My home radios are run from large 12 volt AGM batteries that are charge by a gas generator, a stationary bicycle powering a small car alternator, and solar cells. So I have 3 ways to charge when the commercial power is out. The antennas are up 40′ and built for hurricane force winds of 135mph. The entire station, tower, and antennas are well grounded.
    I can connect to anywhere in the county, the state, the country, and the world without any infrastructure.

  9. Amatuer radio: been licensed for over 54 years…started at age 12…..these radios can be used but you will need training to do it right. Also, for EMP protection the best adivce I’ve read is to use a STEEL garbage can to put you items in and close the lid tight…cheap EMP protection. I would recommend a cheap pair of “walkie-talkies”….one for each member of your family….that is the cheapest way.
    Good luck…..

  10. I am a woman 89 years young. My brother lives 3 hours away, and my only daughter lives in Washington state. Should I move to Washington? I nothing about these devices you are talking about. I live in an assisted living community. Obviously, I am not prepared. This assisted living place is not talking or giving any advice. Naturally they don’t want people to panic. What is your advice for me? MOVE TO WASHINGTON AND FAST!

  11. Info requested in reference to ham radio. Price – hand held – base station- etc

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