Back to the Basics: Communication

When iPhones and Galaxy Notes are no longer working; when the grid is down for miles around; or when the power goes out, how will you stay in-the-know about what is going on around you?

Communication will be a key component in a crisis. There are expensive ways and inexpensive to free ways to communicate with your group. The simplest and easiest form of communication is learning the neighbors that surround you. In a disaster situation, they can either be your best friends, or your worst enemy.

Depending on your situation, your neighbors can be your best ally: from a neighborhood watch for menial theft and burglary, to a smoke, light, or horn signaling that people are passing-by the area in the event of a grid-down crisis.

Another free way to learn to communicate is coming up with hand signals, that you and your family and/or friend create. This can help when hunting or when there are intruders nearby.

As with anything, there are also other, sometimes costly, ways that you can learn to communicate with people in the area, or a thousand miles away. Here are a few suggestions:

  • HAM Radio: Currently, HAM Radios is synonymous with Amateur Radio and is a popular hobby and service that brings people together – enforcing communication. You do need a license from the FCC, which states that is to provide backup during emergency situations, where there are issues with other mediums. The reason why HAM Radios are so popular is because you can communicate short or long distances. From the top of the mountain, inside your home or set up in the back of your van and you will still be able to communicate without access of the Internet.
  • Solar Powered or Hand Crank Radio: These are crucial for keeping informed. Even if they can only go one way (you listening) it may give you a good idea of what is going on in the outside world away from your homestead. This will give you an idea of the best time to leave (if you need to) and where to avoid.
  • Walkie Talkies: FRS Radios are great for car trips and hunting parties when you want to stay connected. Unfortunately, they do have a small range that is highly impacted by line of sight, BUT it is a great way to stay connected when working in a team.
  • Light Deflection (Mirrors) or a Laser Switch: Other great ways for communication are using mirrors to refract light, and using a predetermined code, usually Morse Code, to communicate over distances. Laser switches can do similar things.

Communication is one of the many overlooked, but needed, things when people start preparing for whatever may come. The best way to make sure you are prepared is to stay balanced in what you are preparing: skills, food and water provisions, communication, first aid, security, and everything in between.

Thank you for reading my blog today. As always, if you have any comments, leave them below; or if you would like to suggest a topic, contact me via the contact bar above!

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