Survival can often be dependent upon the ability to communicate. We all rely on the weather reports on the television or internet to keep us informed of any potentially dangerous conditions, and after a disaster the need for accurate information is essential. However, as our means of communication are almost entirely dependent upon electricity, the chaotic conditions after an emergency has occurred could mean that power is not available.
Since keeping in touch of an ongoing serious condition is essential, having the means to find out what is going on is critical. Fortunately, radios have been designed to operate without direct household current. The Voyager Multi-band Radio is one way that will let you know precisely what is happening outside your immediate area. This radio can be powered 4 ways, including with a crank or by storing solar power so that it can provide dependable information when you need it. The Voyager even provides light with an LED flashlight.
If you belong to a CERTs or other search and rescue group, you will understand how important it is for team members to communicate with one another. Walkies-talkies can provide a way for everyone in the group to keep track of the situation and get help quickly to an area that may require it. A bullhorn is also a good idea for helping survivors of a disaster get to the spot where they can receive help quickly.
Families traveling on vacation, either in cities or the countryside, might also find walkies-talkies to be valuable. I’ve seen children keeping in communication with their parents while visiting stores and other attractions in a nearby tourist town.
When camping or hiking, there always exists the possibility of someone getting lost. It can happen most easily in an area with which you or other people are not familiar, but can happen even in a more familiar location if a storm blows in and you become disoriented. Anyone who has tried to call to someone else in the woods understands how feeble the human voice can be. It simply does not carry any distance at all. If you and everyone in your party are equipped with a signal whistle, it can make finding one another much easier. The Mayday Emergency Whistle is one way to deal with this problem, and whistles such as the 5-in-1 or 7-in-1 Survival Whistles will also provide you with a compass, thermometer, and mirror.
These whistles should also be part of the equipment of any search and rescue unit, in case any of the members experiences trouble while performing their duties.