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Emergencies—like the dramatic storms that raged across the U.S. yesterday—frequently happen when you don’t expect them. Instead of scrambling to figure out what to do, why not be ready for whatever might come? And of course, your electronics devices can help. After a disaster, cell-phone networks may be congested, so teach your family how to send and read text messages as a way to get in touch.

Key Takeaways:

  • A portable generator is an excellent power source to keep your refrigerator, freezer, and other such things running during a relatively short-term emergency.
  • Another electronic device useful for preparedness are portable handheld 2-way radios for general local vicinity communications.
  • The so called ‘HAM Radio’ requires licensed operation (to transmit), however it is my understanding that during an Emergency (one that is affecting you) – this requirement is generally waived by the FCC (although you still have to know what you’re doing to successfully transmit and receive).

“Which specific types of electronic devices may be useful for emergency preparedness? We sometimes talk about the preparedness basics such as water, water filters, food, food storage, etc.., but this time lets consider the electronic ‘gadgets’ or electronic systems that may be beneficial towards preparedness in one way or another.”

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