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Hand-crank survival radios!
Get cranking on getting yourself an emergency radio! The
American Red Cross recommends you have an emergency weather
radio in preparation for a disaster. As they say, "no emergency kit
is complete without one," and yet for preppers this basic survival
item is often overlooked.

A survival radio is there to keep you informed through most
outdoor and emergency situations including earthquakes, flash
flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes. It will keep you connected
with important news and the authorities on the situation even
when your cell phone stops working.

Below are some ideas on how to choose the best survival radio...

All about Survival Radios
A survival radio is how you will get lifesaving information when
there's a blackout or other emergency.

Here's how to choose a reliable survival radio...

#1: Get the most features and functions for the
A survival radio has two major functions:
  1. AM/FM radio to hear news reports on the emergency
  2. NOAA weather band to keep you in the loop of the latest

If you are a more advanced prepper, you'll want a two-way or
shortwave radio.
See our communications page.

Features to look for in a survival radio include:
  • Phone charging. Make sure your survival radio has the add
    capability of charging your cellphone.

  • Earplugs. Headsets enable you to listen privately.

  • Siren. The green survival radio, right has a siren handy for
    alerting the area to danger; alternatively, to aggravate.

  • Flashlight. The secondary important feature is that your
    weather radio has a flashlight, but look also for a reading
    light and a feature that flashes.

  • Flashing light. Flashing light to signal someone or to
    aggravate somebody enough to leave.

  • Reading lamp. The Voyager survival radio has a 5 LED
    reading lamp that you can use in poorly lit conditions. See
    the picture of the red Voyager at the bottom of the page.

  • Weather bands. The Voyager survival radio includes a 7 -
    band Weather radio to precisely give you weather bands.

  • NOAA. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration (NOAA) sends it's alerts through a.m.
    channels. See the NOAA in your state and territory.

#2: Look for a survival radio that has multiple ways
to charge.
Your survival radio should have at least a few ways to recharge.
Most survival radios have around four ways to recharge. As an
example, the green survival radio, pictured top right, can charge
by hand crank, solar, USB adapter or you can just use 2 AAA
batteries. On the other hand, the Voyager is a 5-way powered
emergency radio, AC, battery, hand crank, solar, and computer!
It's pictured at the bottom of the page.

  • Alternating Current (AC). While you have power, you'll
    want a way to charge your device directly to an electrical
    power source.

  • Battery types on your survival radio. Given the choice of
    AAA or AA batteries, pick AA batteries. They are more
    common should you need to quickly hunt a battery from
    another source in your viscinity.

  • Computer. Only the Voyager has the ability to recharge
    directly from a computer.

  • Hand crank. Good old-fashioned hand-crank power is
    essential when all the other methods of powering your
    emergency radio won't work. This is pretty standard for a
    survival radio.

  • Solar. While most radios have a hand crank, a newer
    standard is to have solar capabilities. The Voyager solar
    panel tilts with the suns position to receive maximum energy
    during the day time.

#3: Size.
Size matters if you want a survival radio that fits into your glove
compartment. This is especially important if you work a long
distance from home and drive to work each day.

The green survival radio, pictured right by Voyager, is small and
compact enough for your backpack or glove compartment.

#4: Color.
Color is mostly a matter of personal preference, but if you want a
stealth color then look for a hunter green, which will blend in to a
natural environment. Bright yellow or red is more of what you'd
use when you're in an urban environment where you want
rescuers to find you and you'll likely use the siren mode to help
them identify your location, say if you're trapped after an
earthquake, hurricane or tornado.

The Voyager has the most color options of any survival radio on
the market. See the full range of colors at the bottom of the page.

Don't get cut off from Communications
Be sure you're ready with a weather survival radio. Here's how to
program your NOAA Weather Radio:
Disaster Preparedness Handbook
NOAA Survival Radio
Above, learn how to program a NOAA weather radio from Fox6 Chief
Meteorologist J.P. Dice.

Emergency Survival Radios.
Among the most basic items to own if you live in an earthquake,
hurricane or tornado zone is an
emergency survival radio.

A one way radio to receive ambient Weather and alert systems, is
a necessary one-way communication for preppers to own.
According to FEMA,"Battery-powered radios with short antennas
generally would not be affected," by an ElectroMagnetic pulse;
however, preppers are leery about this and prefer to own a hand
crank emergency radio. A good one to own is the Ambient
Weather radio, pictured immediate right.

  • Ambient Weather Radio: With this Digital 7-Channel
    Weather Band radio, you'll have the confidence of knowing
    the severity of the weather conditions so you can keep your
    family safe.  Ideal as an everyday radio too, the ambient
    weather radio is as ready to provide vital information and as
    it is to provide illumination in any emergency. And it's a with
    smart phone charger! The self-charge mechanism converts
    over 70% of your kinetic energy into stored electricity. Best
    of all it has Mini, Micro and USB charging tips included
    (Apple™ owners can use the USB cable that came with your
    IPod, IPhone, or IPad). You can play this radio with sunlight
    or charge the Lithium Ion battery. You can play this radio
    with sunlight or charge the Lithium Ion battery or use the
    hand crank.

  • Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio. The Emergency Solar
    Hand Crank Radio, pictured in red at the bottom of the page,
    is a high quality digital tuner provides assured access to
    news, weather information and illumination whenever and
    wherever you need it. This dependable radio, with integrated
    LED flashlight, offers a choice of self-charge, solar and
    external recharge power options. What sets the emergency
    solar hand crank radio  apart from other crank chargers is
    that you can fully charge the WR-111B through the
    USB/AC/DC adaptor with no cranking!

Some final tips about your survival radio:
  • Put in your new batteries and change the batteries annually.
  • Know your county code
  • Know the frequency of the tower closest to you.

Face it ~ a cell phone is not always going to cut it in an
emergency. Batteries die, signals get overloaded in an
emergency, and cell phone towers collapse. You need a backup
communications plan and a survival radio provides the answer.

Happy endings...
Be red-cross ready with a survival radio. A survival radio is a
necessity for beginning prepping and thankfully they are

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