Emergency situations that can cause one to call for help through an emergency radio include power outages, natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is lost. It is important to have an emergency radio when one is at a place where other forms of communication such as cell phones can fail for example in the mountains.
During camping and hiking trips, people pack survival tools and an emergency radio should be included in that list. In life-threatening situations, an emergency really can save your life and that of others. Emergency radios come with solar charging panels which are convenient to use because there is no need for electricity to charge them.
Using the hand cranking charging method is an easy way to charge an emergency radio because one does not even require the use of batteries or solar power when there is no sun. 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. Emergency radios also come with provisions for battery charging as an extra power source.
Emergency radios can have AC outlet plug in to use when one is near electricity.
It is good to get an emergency radio that has at least two power sources such as hand crank charging and the battery charging method. The best emergency radios will use a combination of four power sources and this includes hand cranking power, batteries, solar charging panels and an AC outlet plug in. People who want to listen to the radio can use their emergency radios for their entertainment needs. Another feature that is included in emergency radios is that one can charge their cell phone and play tunes from their MP3 player using their emergency radio.
In times of trouble having a flashlight in an emergency can be a good idea especially when the emergency radio has an LED flashlight that can do an SOS Morse code beacon. 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.
One can also shop for an emergency radio that has a USB port and a mini USB charging cable for charging their phone. One can choose an emergency radio that is small or large depending on their preferences. Some brands of emergency radio also allow for weather alerts in tornado-prone areas or hurricane-prone areas.
One can get an emergency radio which has features such as water resistance, a compass, a thermometer and good audio quality.