Emergency situations that can cause one to call for help through an emergency radio include power outages, natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is lost. It is important to have an emergency radio when one is at a place where other forms of communication such as cell phones can fail for example in the mountains.
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.
Another very useful charging method is using the hand cranking charging method. Some people may prefer a hand cranking radio that will require them to turn the hand crank continuously but others may prefer an emergency radio that transfers power from the battery to the radio. Battery charging is also another power source for emergency radios.
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. Emergency radios can use four power sources such as batteries, hand cranking power, solar charging panels and an AC outlet plug-in. People who want to listen to the radio can use their emergency radios for their entertainment needs. 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.
In times of trouble having a flashlight in an emergency can be a good idea especially when the emergency radio has an LED flashlight that can do an SOS Morse code beacon. Emergency radios also come with ultrasonic dog whistles which can attract rescue teams in times of emergencies. A good emergency radio is one that has good reception and keeps power for a long time.
Cell phones can also be charged through a mini USB charging cable which also comes with a USB port. People choose a small emergency radio for the convenience of carrying it or a bulky one if they have the space for it. 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.
One can get an emergency radio which has features such as water resistance, a compass, a thermometer and good audio quality.