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.
During camping and hiking trips, people pack survival tools and an emergency radio should be included in that list. 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.
In instances where there is no solar power or one cannot use batteries, they can use the hand cranking charging method and still charge their emergency radio. 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.
One may also be near electricity and they can charge the emergency radios because they have an AC outlet plug in.
The two most common power sources for emergency radios are hand crank charging and the battery charging method. An emergency radio that is able to survive all sorts of power challenges is one that uses four power sources such as solar charging panels, batteries, hand cranking power, and an AC outlet plug-in. Some brands have included Fm and Am capabilities in their emergency radios. 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.
A feature that is included in emergency radios is an LED flashlight which can be set to do an SOS Morse code beacon. 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. One can choose an emergency radio that is small or large depending on their preferences. People who live in tornado and hurricane-prone areas should get an emergency radio that will give them weather-alerts so that they can take the necessary precautions.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.