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.
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:
- The Receivers are efficient in enabling you to find out updates on the traffic, weather conditions or any other relevant information.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Have you ever been required to use any of the communication tools described above? Share your experience in the comments section below.