Communications When everything goes Wrong
When disaster strikes and your cell phone and internet go down where do you turn for information and communication with loved one?
With a little planning and forethought you can stay informed and keep in communication.
Local radio and television is your first stop for information when something is going on in your area. The emergency broadcast system is in place to warn you of impending dangers and give very generic advice on what you should do.
Having a battery (or crank) powered radio is essential to knowing what is going on when the chips are down.
If the situation is on a larger scale or maybe even has global impacts, shortwave radio will be a good source for staying informed. Many of the crank powered emergency radios come equipped with shortwave channels.
Shortwave makes for interesting listening in all times. You can pick up many stations from all over the world and hear things the American media chooses to ignore.
The good ole CB radio will still keep you in touch with others in your immediate area. Back in my younger years all us redneck hoodlums had a set in our trucks that we used to keep tabs on the local police on Friday and Saturday nights.
Many rural communities still rely on CB’s to talk to the neighbors.
Preppers like Hams. Hams can talk around the world and will be able to find out information from people on the ground in any emergency.
My preppers are Ham operators or they make a point of knowing one. It can be a complicated expensive hobby, with licensing requirements, although those regulations have been loosened somewhat in the last few years.
I’m not talking about the old CB walkie talkies that had a hard time talking across the back yard. I am talking about the newer type that use FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service- license required). These small handheld sets will talk up to around two miles in FRS and up to 50 on GMRS.
These are a great investment for talking around your local area. They have far more channels than CB (more private) and a great greater range.
Communication is an area that people who are new to prepping tend to overlook. Take some time today to decide how you can keep in touch no matter what comes down the pike.