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.
People who go camping and hiking must include an emergency radio as one of their survival tools. One can save their life and the life of others, when they use an emergency radio to call for help. Solar panels are convenient to use when one is not near an electric power source to charge 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. 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. Emergency radios also come with provisions for battery charging as an extra power source.
The provision of an AC outlet plug-in enables people to use electricity when they are near an electricity source.
Most emergency radios come with two power sources such as the 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. The best emergency radio has good reception and maintains power for a long time.
Emergency radios come with USB ports and mini USB charging cables that are used to charge phones. People choose a small emergency radio for the convenience of carrying it or a bulky one if they have the space for it. Some brands of emergency radio also allow for weather alerts in tornado-prone areas or hurricane-prone areas.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.