An emergency radio can be used in instances where there are power outages, natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is injured or lost hiking. In some areas the use of a cell phone may fail especially when one is in the mountains or has taken a trip where there is no network and having an emergency radio will enable them to communicate with others.
An emergency radio is one of the survival tools that one must carry when they go camping or hiking. One can save their life and the life of others, when they use an emergency radio to call for help. When there is no electricity to charge an emergency radio, one can always use solar panels which are a convenient way of charging an emergency radio.
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. One can also get an emergency radio that has battery charging provisions for an added power source for the radio.
The provision of an AC outlet plug-in enables people to use electricity when they are near an electricity source.
The two most common power sources for emergency radios are 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. 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. 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. One can choose an emergency radio that is small or large depending on their preferences. 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.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.