14 May 2011

Preparedness Challenge: communications

Today for my preparedness point, I'm talking about the communication area of our 72 hour kit.  In times of crisis, it is nice to be able to turn on a radio to hear the news.  Unfortunately, in a crisis, there probably won't be electricity, so battery powered or a crank style radio are best.  Also good to have, is a whistle.  The sound of a whistle carries a lot farther than a voice can, something that can be helpful if you are lost.

These are what we have in the way of communications.  A crank radio that has a battery compartment if you would rather, and a radio that is attached to our lantern emergency light.  It takes a lot of cranking to keep the radio going, but I know I can get it to work if I need it.  There is also an attachment that charges cell phones, but I haven't looked into that yet.  It would be handy to be able to charge your phone with a hand crank when there is no power. 

 I'm linking up with Homestead Revival for the preparedness challenge!


  1. I really need to be more prepared in light of all the weather-related tragedies lately -- these are great ideas.

  2. When it comes down to it, communication may be one of the most important things we need to be on top of when something tragic strikes...we have the potential to save many lives by letting others know.

    We had a tornado warning a few weeks ago. We don't normally cut the TV on during dinner and a friend phoned us to let us know what was going on. Had she not, we would have never been prepared.

    Great Post!

    {visiting from homestead revial}

  3. Glad you enjoy it. I'm trying to get myself more prepared a little at a time, so I figured I'd take everyone else along for the trip.