A Better Way to Check In – Communication Options During a Disaster Situation

No one wants to think about having to go through some kind of disaster. But, preparedness is key when it comes to anything that could potentially take you away from the norms of everyday living. From tornadoes and hurricanes, to flooding and blizzards, there are so many things that can cause our lives to change in an instant. In these cases, one of the most important things you can do to not only stay alive, but let others know where you are (and check in on them). Communication is key during any kind of disaster. Everyone benefits from it, and it can provide peace of mind like nothing else.

On top of that, it can also provide you with the latest news and happenings of what’s going on around you. That can be an important piece of knowledge to have with you at all times, so you can be aware of what’s going on in the world, and when things will be ‘safe’ again. So, how can you better communicate during a survival situation? Let’s take a look at a few strong options that have proven track records of being useful, and effective.

Family Signals

The people that matter most during a survival situation are your friends and family. So, first and foremost, you need to make sure you have some way to communicate with them. One strategy that really works is ‘secret messaging.’ Having some kind of code or secret sign that only a few select people know is a great way to nonverbally tell someone you’re okay.

You can also set up a sort of ‘buddy system’ with your neighbors. Who can you communicate better with than the people who live next door, after all? If you can set up lines of communication, or again, some kind of secret signs with your neighbors, you can check in on each other during times of disaster. This could be something as simple as a number of your house turned upside down, or the blinds being open halfway, etc. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your system, and be selective when it comes to the people who know about it.

Radio Without Electricity

Crank radios and solar powered radios are nothing new, but because of the advancements in technology, people don’t often think about purchasing them. However, in a disaster situation, where power may be out for quite awhile, they can come in handy. It’s important to be able to know what’s going on in the world around you, and both of these options allow you to get that news, without electricity, and without batteries. It may not allow you to directly communicate with others, but it will allow the world to communicate with you, which can sometimes be just as important.

CB Radios

Like crank radios, CB radios have been around for a long time. You probably best recognize them when they’re used by law enforcement, truck drivers, etc. But, they can come in extremely handy in emergency situations. Cell phones and Internet connections aren’t always reliable during a disaster. If coverage is down, so is your communication if you plan on using them. CB radios, however, can connect you with someone within a 20 mile radius, if you need to call for help for any reason. They’re easy to install, and easy to use. Plus, they offer quick communication that is to the point – that’s exactly what you need in a survival scenario.

Walkie Talkies

Walking talkies (or two-way radios) aren’t just for kids. In fact, they can come in handy when you need to get ahold of someone quickly in an emergency situation. They have different frequencies and channels available to keep your conversations private, and are extremely easy to use. One drawback of two-way radios is the radius in which they can reach. Unfortunately, it’s usually not that great of a distance. So, if you’re trying to get in touch with your neighbor, or someone down the street, it could be a great option. Someone 20 miles away? You may want to consider another source of communication.

HAM Radio/Military Telephone

Old HAM radios and military phones are consistent, tough, and effective forms of communication, mostly because they use connection lines or airwaves to work. They’re a great combination of hand-cranking and battery-powered ingenuity, but you probably already have batteries in your emergency preparedness kit, right? If not, be sure to get them there as soon as possible, and either one of these options can allow you to connect with people during a disaster. In fact, you can actually find a lot of great emergency preparedness gear at your local military surplus store. And, chances are the people there would be more than happy to help you out in finding all your needs.

Communication is the Key

Again, being prepared in case of a disaster is the best thing you can do. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use the items in your emergency kit and you can go through your entire life without experiencing a need for survival. However, in case anything ever does happen, being able to communicate with loved ones, being able to hear the news, or calling out for help in some way can actually save your life.

You wouldn’t take a chance on your life in any other way, so don’t run the risk of being unprepared when disaster strikes. Be sure to have at least one (if not a few) of these communicative tools in your emergency kit, or in your head, so you can be safe, even in the worst disasters. From peace of mind, to possibly saving your life, relying on communication tools that have been proven time and time again can make a huge difference.

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