I’ve been very happy to have an emergency radio on a few occasions when we’ve had no power at home (see my entry about the Penticton windstorm) for protracted periods — anything longer than an hour or two.
The radio let’s you stay informed of important news and broadcasts – and you can make a phone call, even if your cell phone battery is dead.
My radio’s all-in-one design combines a radio, light and cell phone battery life. Because it is powered by a hand crank, batteries are unnecessary and just 90 seconds of cranking provides up to an hour of radio play.
- AM/FM radio with built-in antenna
- Seven NOAA weather channels plus “weather alert”
- TV VHF channels 2-13 (audio only)
- Hand-crank power generator
- Built-in cell phone charger, flashlight and emergency siren
- Rugged, splash-proof ABS body1 year manufacturer’s warranty
You can even tune into VHF channels 2 to 13, so you can listen to your favorite TV shows when you’re away from the set.
The radio accesses all seven NOAA weather channels and an emergency weather alert, so you’ll always be prepared for what nature has in store.
Here are a couple of emergency radio options available through reputable online stores:
SolarLink Emergency Radio
With four different power sources – solar, hand crank, 3AAA batteries or AC adaptor (not included), this lightweight, water-resistant emergency radio will always be ready when you need it. Seven NOAA weatherband channels give you instant weather and storm
Brand: Eton Corporation
Red Cross MicroLink Emergency Radio
It’s your link to the world in an emergency situation. You can tune in to AM, FM or NOAA weather bands, as well as the FCC and EAS public alert systems. Plus, this little dynamo has a built-in flashlight and can even charge your cell phone! Lightweight an
Oregon Scientific WRB603 Emergency Public Alert Radio with Weather Station
This Oregon Scientific(r) WRB603 emergency public alert radio with a weather station provides the height of technology with barometric forecast, the indoor/outdoor temperature, and an alarm clock. It makes a handsome addition to your home and office, and it’s real life saver when it counts.
Brand: Oregon Scientific
Eton American Red Cross FR500 Solarlink Self-Powered Emergency Weather Radio
When your adventures take you farther off the grid, the Eton American Red Cross FR500 Solarlink self-powered emergency weather radio fulfills your various needs. It features an AM/FM radio, shortwave radio and NOAA weather alert radio to keep you in touch with the information you need. A flashlight, beacon and siren are included for use in emergencies.