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Communication During an Emergency


There are two things that are vital for emergency communication. One is a radio, and the other is a telephone. Communication is essential to your emotional well-being during an emergency. You need to know what has happened, and what to expect. You also may need to contact family and friends, and let them know if you are okay or if you need help.


Windup Battery RadioIf you do not have the ability to know what is going on in an emergency situation, you feel helpless.   Communication lets us know when help is coming, where to get it, emergency shelters and more.


During emergency situations some radio stations will run continuous information about where you can buy or get items that you need.


Walmart, the Red Cross, and the LDS church are often first at the scene in the aftermath of a disaster.  The radio will keep you updated.


Every mini prepper should have a radio.  Besides all of the above, we may find ourselves listening to the radio to keep calm, and for something to do. Some of your options for emergency radios are battery operated, hand cranked and solar.  Many preppers have ham radios.  That is also an option, but takes more money and training.


One word of caution, be careful with hand-cranked devises.  They break if not slowly and carefully wound.


Here are some frugal tips on communicating during an emergency.  


Radios  - Radios are important for the following reasons:


- Broadcasts will let you know what has happened.

- Receiving information on where you can go for help, food or supplies, shelters, open   restaurants, and stores.

- Information as to when help is coming.

- Staying connected to other people and sharing resources.


Emergency Claim Service for Hurricane Katrina

emergency claims service RVMy husband went to New Orleans to handle emergency Katrina claims. There were no hotel rooms within 150 miles of his location.


His company purchased a mobile home that he loaded with provisions and drove into the disaster area. His location was broadcast on the radio. People insured with his company were able to go to where he was located and received emergency advance payments.  Many people had lost everything, and these payments were all that they had.


Again, after Hurricane Katrina, the first store to open was Walmart. Another resource was the Red Cross and the LDS church.  Walmart is often the first store to open, the the latter two are often the first to bring in food and other essential items.  The location of these sites were broadcast on the radio. 


emergency food at LDS church

emergency tent shelter at LDS church


Emergency Food at the LDS Church 

 Emergency Shelter at LDS Church



Emergency Radio Options

You have several options for emergency radios. Be sure and have a radio that is more than just a plain AM/FM radio. Emergency radios are designed to pick up special emergency broadcasts.

Emergency radios include:

- Solar and hand cranked radios.  These are not expensive.

-  Battery powered radios. (Be sure and have backup batteries)


windup battery flashlights

Windup Battery Radio


battery storage



cell phoneOften landline telephones work during emergencies.  If they go down, you may have use of your cell phone, unless the towers go down; although after disasters temporary cell phone towers are often brought in.   Keep a cell phone charger that works with your automobile with your emergency equipment. 


Cell phones with satellite downlinks are used by emergency responders, but cell phone satellite plans are available to everyone.


Pick something that works for your family.  Whatever the emergency, staying connected to other people will make it easier.


One word of caution- do not listen to hour after hour of storm or disaster coverage.  You need a break.  It can "wear you down" and stress you out if you listen to too much of it.  Pull out a board game, read a book, or do something else to distract you and lighten your mood.







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