Personal Emergency Communications : Staying in Touch Post-Disaster

You won’t be able to rely on your cell phone. So how would you communicate with your family or get help if communications go down? If you found yourself in the middle of a wide-scale disaster such as a hurricane or other catastrophe and you had no government coming to help for a while, how would you communicate with your family or others? What if the power grid went down?

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During many recent events, cell phone service wasn’t an option for many for days. The system became seriously overloaded on 9/11 so calls wouldn’t go through, 70% of the towers went down during Katrina and were down for days, and most areas haven’t been adequately improved across the US.

These won’t be isolated events. Don’t think that because you live in a large metropolitan area that you’re safer. A quick look at some of the things that went on during Hurricane Sandy in NY will show that the government has a lot to deal with in addition to just trying to get your cell phone service back up so even though that was a pretty short-term event, it caused a lot of problems.

Hurricane is often accompanied by heavy rain

Hurricane is often accompanied by heavy rain

Need to find friends and relatives

Need to find friends and relatives

air-sea rescue over water

Serious damage to infrastructure in natural disasters

Personal Emergency Communications : Staying in Touch Post-Disaster

  • License-free radio does not require a license, Very convenient.
  • Support NoAA for easy access to weather conditions and developments.
  • FRS, PMR universal frequency, easier to communicate with others.
  • IP67 rated waterproof, even when working in the rain, it works well.
Radio learning

Radio learning

Seeking rescue

Seeking rescue

Family outdoor activities

Family outdoor activities

Equipment

Note: Staying in Touch Post-Disaster, this program is not perfect. But this is the easiest to get. If you can get a certificate from Amateur radio. You can use ARES or get more good solutions in shortwave and VHF.

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