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April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

Communication is Key for Emergency Preparedness

The sad truth is that we don't think about emergencies and disasters until they actually happen. Most of us, even though we live in areas with high risks of disasters, don't even have an emergency and disaster preparedness plan.

Understanding what may happen, contrary to what most people think that does increase worrying or anxiety. In fact, understanding these situations and preparing for them will give you peace. Being prepared eliminates fear, anxiety and increases the chances of survival for both ourselves and our family.

Food and water storage are not the only ones you should start thinking about. Another aspect of emergency preparedness which is often neglected or included is communication.

No TV, Radio, Internet, or Cell Phones. Now What?

Since disaster and emergencies happen during the most unexpected time, it is likely that friends and families are not around when emergencies occur. How do you communicate with them during times like this, when cell phone signals are down and power lines are out? Having the right plan, equipment and supplies will be crucial during this time.

One way is by establishing a meeting place, where the family could meet in case of emergencies. You can also designate a friend or relative located out of your sate or area which will serve as a contact person in-case of contacting relatives outside your state or region.

You can also start with setting-up a communication system which will not require the use of electricity, such as radio. You can even use whistles and bull horn. This will help in locating other people through the use of sounds. There are radios which will keep you updated with disaster information like solar powered radios.

You may also want to get equipment with water resistant feature, which is great during floods or rainy weather. You should not get just any other communication equipment, but you would also have to consider its durability and quality. The last thing you want is your communication device bugging down just because of a little rain.

What Are Your Options For Emergency Communication Devices?

The good news is that there are emergency communication devices which do not require electricity. There are radios which can run or regular rechargeable batteries. Another good news is that there are communication equipment and radios which come with solar charging capabilities. You can use alternative energy to maintain or provide power to your device.

Nearly everyone knows what a CB radio is, and it does not require any kind of electricity. However, CB radios have limited transmission and range. It is also affected by obstacles which can hinder signal transmission like buildings and terrain. Family radio service or FRS radio are the modern equivalent of CBs and gaining popularity because of its portability. Again, like CB radios, they have limited transmitting capability.

HAM or handheld amateur radio is another good option. Compared with CB radios, they have more transmitting power. Often, there are amateur radio clubs which you can join to learn more about operating and using HAM radios. You may want to inquire about licenses if you plan to operate one, though.

When creating your emergency communication plan, there are a lot of things to consider. Aside from your equipment, you would also have to consider your location and possible obstructions. You would even probably realize that this would increase your costs and even your commitment. However, these are worth investing when it comes to your family's safety.

Are you emergency prepared?

Being prepared for an emergency situation is essential for every household and does not have to be difficult. Emergency disaster plans generally call for survival kits along with enough food and water for at least 72 hours.

Find all the supplies and tools you'll need to be ready for any emergency situation or natural disaster online at http://EasyEmergencyPreparedness.com.

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