During any disaster event – it will be critical to monitor the news and weather broadcasts for any information that can either alert us to a dangerous situations that may be developing or offer information that can help us to survive the disaster.
The authorities will be broadcasting information and directions that will be critical in surviving the event. An Emergency Radio is essential in keeping in touch with what is going on in both our immediate area and the outside world.
Any survival products that we choose to be used in our family disaster plan must be ruggedly built and offer multipurpose functions – our Emergency Radios should be no different. Below are our picks of some of the best Emergency Radios available in the market place.
For a radio to be on this list – it must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Be ruggedly built to withstand the harsh treatment it will most likely encounter during and after a disaster event.
- Be weather resistant. You don’t want to hesitate about using it at any time and in any conditions.
- Be able to pick up NOAA Alerts.
- Double as a mobile device charger: Cell Phones, iPads, Tablets, etc.
- Be able to operate from multiple power sources in case their is no electrical power.
- Have a built in flash light. Just in case your battery operated flash lights stop working.
- Must be portable, easily carried and stored.
Let’s talk briefly about the difference between “Water-Resistant” and “Water-Proof”.
A standard has been developed that ranks the different levels of water resistance. It is called the IPX standard.
This rating system ranges from:
- an IPX of 0 – indicating NO WATER RESISTANCE AT ALL.
- to IPX of 8 – where you can submerge the product into water over 3′ deep.
Here is a good website that describes this ranking system in an easy to understand manner.
Small, Compact emergency radio with many features. Priced at under $30. Great for Kids.
The pricing on this Emergency Radio allows you to keep several of them so that you always have a radio wherever you are: Car, Garage, Basement, etc. Also great emergency radio for the kids. Give one of these to your child and you just made them an active participant in your Family Disaster Plan. OK for a back-up emergency radio, but not recommended for your primary emergency radio.
- Multiple power sources: Solar and hand cranked.
- Built in USB charger for cell phones.
- NOAA weatherband and AM/FM channels.
- Built in Flashlight.
The Epica Emergency Radio comes with many features for being priced just under $30.
- Multiple Power Sources: Solar power, hand crank power, and can be plugged into a wall outlet for charging.
- NOAA Weather Alert capable. AM/FM Stations.
- Flashlight, built-in USB charger for your cell phone. Even comes with the cables to connect to your devices.
- Rugged Waterproof Rubberized Housing to stand up to the toughest conditions.
- For under $30 – it’s a good multipurpose disaster tool that the kids can enjoy using, and can also be used to charge up their cell phones and other devices when the time comes.
Click on the Blue button if you would like to see more details on the Epica Emergency Radio.
- Rubberized housing is weatherproof and slip resistant.
- NOAA weather band and AM/FM radio signals.
- Built in USB charger for your cell phone. Charging cable included.
- Charging and Discharging protection.
- Multi-power options: Solar, hand crank.
- Built in flashlight.
- Built in hanging clip.
This one does it all and it’s only $60.
- The Midland XT511 2-Way Emergency Radio has a water resistant housing and is backed by a 3-year warranty. It’s built tough.
- NOAA Alerts. AM/FM. GMRS/FRS Channels: General Mobile Radio Services / Family Radio Services.
- Multiple Power Source operation: Hand Crank, 4 AA Batteries, AC/DC Power.
- USB Port for charging cell phones, radios, etc. Can be used to charge the Midlad GXT Series battery packs which are used in the Midland Two-Way Radios. See below.
- Flashlight, Clock with an alarm function, and several other features.
- Great radio for families that want to keep in touch when the cell phone system is down.
Note: You will need to get a set of the Midland 2-Way Radios to use the radio communication feature. Midland offers several different models with various features and can send and receive signals ranging anywhere from 18 miles to 36-miles. They range in price from $20 to $60 for a pair of radios.