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Get cranking on getting a reliable emergency radio for survival!
The American Red Cross recommends you have an emergency
weather radio in preparation for a disaster. They say, "no
emergency kit is complete without one," yet many preppers
overlook this basic survival item.

Do you have a good survival radio? 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...

Survival Radios for Preppers
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

Features to look for in a survival radio include:
If you are a more advanced prepper, you'll want a two-way or
shortwave radio.
See our communications page.

Not ready for being a HAM radio nerd? One of the best survival
radios is the
Midland Alert Weather Radio with Transmitter. It
functions as an everyday alarm clock with snooze. The Silent Call
Midland Alert Weather Radio with Transmitter package includes
the base weather alert radio, plus adds a transmitter that sends
alerts to your connected receiver when your weather radio
receives important weather and hazard alerts. It's great for the
deaf and hearing impaired. In addition to tornadoes, hurricanes,
floods, ice/snow storms and other severe weather, it gives you
information on Amber Alerts, explosions, fires or hazardous
chemical spills. The weather radio utilizes Specific Area Message
Encoding (S.A.M.E.), which lets you enter local county codes and
eliminate alerts not in your area. If you only want county alerts,
enter only your county code, but you have the option of being
informed about neighboring counties.

Here are more features...

  • 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.

  • 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.

#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

Don't get cut off from Communications
Be sure you're ready with a weather survival radio. There are
many to choose from, below are some reviews...
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Get a survival radio! A survival radio keeps you informed through
earthquakes, flashflooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and more. A
survival radio will keep you connected with important news and
the authorities even when your cell phone stops working.

Be red-cross ready with a survival radio. A survival radio is a
necessity for beginning prepping and thankfully they are
affordable. It's one of the most basic items you can stock for
survival and it's inexpensive peace of mind.

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Below are the Minute Daily Top Four Survial Radio Choices...
  • The Sangean MMR-88 is a rugged digital AM/FM Public Alert
    Certified Radio with three charging modes (Hand Crank, USB,
    or Solar Power). No matter where you are, the MMR-88 lets
    you listen to your favorite music, news, and radio programs
    while keeping you safe with up to date weather forecasting
    and alerts.  This Public Alert Certified Radio alerts you of
    severe weather warnings. And with a built-in adjustable LED
    Flashlight and loud emergency buzzer you can carry safety
    with this radio no matter where you go.

  • The Midland WR120B is an inexpensive and easy to use
    survival radio. Midland has long been the leader in NOAA
    weather radio technology. The WR120 receives weather
    alerts directly from the National Weather Service to alert
    your family to severe weather in your area, giving you
    valuable time to seek shelter in the event of emergencies.
    Even if you don't live in an area prone to sudden severe
    weather, the WR120 is programmed with over 60 alerts like
    hurricanes and flash flooding. It's easy to use ~ it comes
    with S.A.M.E. Programming. The WR120 automatically locks
    on to your county's NOAA weather radio signal, requiring
    little programming on the user's end.

  • American Red Cross FRX3. Keep your household prepared
    with the American Red Cross FRX3. The hand turbine
    rechargeable FRX3 is a preparedness radio with AM/FM, all
    seven NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
    Administration) weather band stations and the “Alert”
    system. When the “Alert” function is on, the radio will
    automatically broadcast emergency weather alerts for your
    area such as hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storms. The
    American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM / FM
    Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger also has a
    spin the hand turbine for one minute to get 10-15 minutes of
    radio and flashlight use or place the FRX3 in the sun for a
    passive charging option.

  • C. Crane CCRadio-2E ~ This exceptional radio is portable
    weighs in at 4-lbs and is top of the line. It's an AM FM
    portable radio designed for long-range  reception and audio
    clarity for the serious prepper. Reception and audio are two
    reasons to own a better made portable radio. The 2-Meter
    Ham band may make the CCRadio-2E a life saver during an
    emergency. Features include: 5 one touch memory presets
    per band, adjustable display light, adjustable bass and
    treble, clock alarm, sleep timer, auto scan, stereo headphone
    jack, line-input jack, and line-output jack.

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 right 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

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.

Kaito Voyager: A great survival radio for around $49
Voyager is the emergency gadget you need for power and
information. It's what you need for a black out, earthquake ,
hurricane, and any situation that you need power and information,
plus it gives you music. Made of strong premium impact-resistant
and water-resistant ABS material, it's suitable for both indoors
home/office use and outdoors recreational activities. Below is a
Above, SnoMan reviews the Voyager KA500 and shows a very cool antenna
hack to improve reception in the ham radio bands.

At the heart of the Voyager, there is an internal generator that
charges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers
the radio, flashlight and reading lamp.The 7-weather channels are
pre-set and numbered from 1-7, you can easily and conveniently
tune into the stations by turning the switch, no more guess work
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