The run of the mill to any prepper’s first steps to getting ready for SHTF is probably packing a bugout bag. And the key to any good bugout bag is the ability to make fire, having some adequate food supplies to ‘bugout’ for a sustained period of time and the ability to make a decent shelter against the elements.
So often we see little or no emphasis on the importance of communication in a prepper’s bugout bag. But communication, especially using radios, might just save a prepper’s life during SHTF.
Communication both between loved ones and to the outside world plays an important role in ensuring your chances of survival is optimised. And we are going to find out just how these 3 radios might just save a prepper’s life in a SHTF situation.
These 3 Radios Might Just Save A Prepper’s Life
As preppers, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to survive without modern conveniences. But that doesn’t mean that electronics should be completely discounted in our plans.
In reality, there are several electronic devices that are really vital for true preparedness and that’s what I want to share with you today.
As part of my family’s prepping strategy, we decided to add some radios to our prep, so here’s 3 of them.
Let us know what you think about our choices in the comments below. Did we make a good choice or we totally missed it. 🙂
When you start looking at radios, one of the first things to hunt down is a handheld radio set that allows you to communicate discreetly with your loved ones. I love the Midland GT Handheld set because it has a lot of options and a massive range of up to 36 miles. That means that even if my husband is on the other side of our property, I can radio him in an emergency. This radio set lets you use 22 different channels plus 28 additional frequencies. Plus you have some added protection with 285 privacy codes. The SOS Siren feature lets you quickly send out a distress signal, which is really important if you are trying to communicate with your man while he is out on the tractor or lawn mower. Best of all, there is a whisper mode that allows you to speak quietly while the person on the other radio can still clearly hear what you are saying.
This digital crank radio is another good choice because it offers you multiple power sources. While you can operate it using your run of the mill AA batteries, you can also use a rechargeable battery, solar panel, or the old fashioned hand crank. This radio also has a nice LED flashlight with two brightness settings and will flash the SOS morse code if you need to alert someone in an emergency. Another great feature is the search and rescue dog whistle. That would be incredibly handy if you were stranded or lost out in the woods! As icing on the cake, it is water resistant and has a headphone jack if you need to listen for alerts without giving away your location to possible predators.
The American Red Cross is well known for good emergency gear and this radio is no exception. It operates on both solar and hand turbine power and provides AM/FM radio and weather alerts along with an alarm clock. My favorite feature is the built-in USB charger for your smart phone that will allow you to make a 30 second emergency phone call after just one minute of hand cranking. You can also plug in your MP3 player using the AUX-input to play music and you get a built in LED flashlight!
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