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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. 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. 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. Some hand cranking emergency radios will require that you turn the hand crank continuously while some will not require this kind of effort because they will transfer power from the batteries to the radio. Battery charging is also another power source for emergency radios.
The provision of an AC outlet plug-in enables people to use electricity when they are near an electricity source.
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. 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. Another cool feature that is included in emergency radios is an ultrasonic dog whistle that can attract rescue teams. A good emergency radio is one that has good reception and keeps power for a long time.
Emergency radios come with USB ports and mini USB charging cables that are used to charge phones. Emergency radios come in all sizes and shapes with some coming in bulky sizes and others come in small sizes. One can be able to take the necessary precautions using the weather alerts they receive from the emergency radio in cases of tornados and hurricanes.
One can get an emergency radio which has features such as water resistance, a compass, a thermometer and good audio quality.