An emergency radio is useful in times of emergencies and when other means of communication cannot be used such as in power outages, during natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is lost. In an emergency situation where one cannot use their cell phone or other means of communication, one will require using an emergency radio to reach others.
During camping and hiking trips, people pack survival tools and an emergency radio should be included in that list. Carrying an emergency radio can save your life and that of others in life threatening situations. Solar panels are convenient to use when one is not near an electric power source to charge an emergency radio.
In instances where there is no solar power or one cannot use batteries, they can use the hand cranking charging method and still charge their emergency radio. One may get a hand crank radio that does not require them to turn the hand crank continuously but will transfer power from the batteries to the radio. Battery charging is also another power source for emergency radios.
One may also be near electricity and they can charge the emergency radios because they have an AC outlet plug in.
The two most common power sources for emergency radios are hand crank charging and the battery charging method. An emergency radio that is able to survive all sorts of power challenges is one that uses four power sources such as solar charging panels, batteries, hand cranking power, and an AC outlet plug-in. Emergency radios also come with Fm and Am capabilities. An interesting feature to have in an emergency radio is that one can charge their cell phone and also play music using an MP3 player.
Having an LED flashlight that can do an SOS Morse code in an emergency radio can help one during times of trouble. Emergency radios also come with ultrasonic dog whistles which can attract rescue teams in times of emergencies. Always look for an emergency radio that will keep power for a long time and will also have good reception.
Emergency radios come with USB ports and mini USB charging cables that are used to charge phones. People choose a small emergency radio for the convenience of carrying it or a bulky one if they have the space for it. Some brands of emergency radio also allow for weather alerts in tornado-prone areas or hurricane-prone areas.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.