Most people just don’t understand how important having access to an emergency radio can be when the unforeseeable happens. When some disaster, catastrophe or other event wipes out the power and many of the other methods we use to stay in touch with one another, having access to a portable emergency radio can be a real lifesaver.
With it, you can stay abreast of what’s happening all around you. Because of this, you’ll get access to information about how to get out of harm’s way, and how best to go about doing that.
If you’re like me, and you like to stay prepared for emergencies, then you should add an emergency radio to your stockpile if you don’t already have one. If you’re not able to access important emergency information during a catastrophic event, you’re putting yourself and your family in harm’s way.
There are a couple of different models of emergency radio that you can consider picking up, though, so you’ll want to weigh their pros and cons before you decide which one is going to be right for your needs in an emergency.
The Battery-Operated Emergency Radio
You’ve probably seen these things everywhere, or maybe you even have one still wrapped up collecting dust from Christmas last year. They may be incredibly common, but they’re also incredibly useful.
They’re just like any other radio that you might plug into a wall except they operate with batteries. This means that if the juice isn’t flowing, you can still listen in to radio broadcasts, where you’ll be able to get valuable information in an emergency.
Of course, the battery aspect of a battery-operated radio is one of its downfalls.
Likely you’ve found yourself many times over the course of your life digging around cabinets and “junk drawers” for that pack of batteries you know that you have but can’t seem to find. Well, in the event of an emergency, this is not what you want to be doing in order to get your battery-operated radio up and running!
So, if you do opt for one of these models, then make sure that you have an ample supply of batteries for it that are handy. And make sure that supply is ample, too, because once the batteries run out of juice, so will your radio.
The Dynamo / Crank-Operated Emergency Radio
If you want to relieve your radio from the tyranny of the battery, then there are many different emergency radios out there that don’t use batteries at all.
Many of these are powered by simple mechanical motion. You pull out a crank on the side of the radio and turn it around until the radio is powered. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about rooting around for loose batteries when the power goes out.
The benefits of this are readily apparent, but there is a trade-off made when you opt for this kind of radio. Your ability to power the radio will be determined by your ability to turn the crank. In the event that you’re injured, this radio may not be very useful to you.
In addition, you won’t be able to simply turn it on and forget it. You’ll have to turn the crank fairly frequently in order to keep the radio going. When you’re looking into different models of dynamo-powered emergency radios, you’ll want to do some research into how long they last on one session of cranking.
Other Features to Consider for your Emergency Radio
As you look into these different models, you’ll notice that there are a lot of different functions that companies add to these emergency radios. Many of them are often outfitted with flashlights, compasses and other features to increase their usefulness in an emergency situation.
Also you may find radios that are capable of receiving radio signals that are outside of the AM/FM band.
This could be especially useful depending upon the kind of emergency that you’re preparing for. It might, for example, be useful to find a radio that receives emergency weather information if you’re in an area that’s especially prone to severe weather like tornadoes and hurricanes.
Regardless of what you choose, having an emergency radio on hand is always a good decision to make. So do some research into what’s out there, and find the one that will be right for you and your family’s needs.