Best Emergency Radios to Keep You Prepared for a Wildfire
September is National Preparedness Month, and in line with that we are encouraging everyone to know what to do, where to go, and what to pack in a go-bag in case of emergency. Wildfires are picking up speed in our western states. This region has seen scorching hot temperatures this summer. Parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are currently in an Excessive Heat Warning and parts of Oregon, California, and Wyoming are in a Red Flag Warning as critical weather conditions optimal for fire continue in that area. Wildfires can be caused by humans or lightning and are exacerbated by wind, hot weather, and dry conditions.
Because wildfires can spread extremely quickly, it’s smart to have a go-bag packed for you to take as you evacuate. An essential part of this go-bag is a form of communication. Cell phones coverage is not guaranteed during a wildfire. Last year, California cut off power to reduce the risk of spreading wildfires even further. However, this tactic also cut power to many cellphone towers, causing even more chaos in a hectic situation.
Two-Way Radio Communication is Essential During an Emergency
Radio communication is reliable, safe, and not dependent on cell phone towers. It’s essential to have communication during an emergency to get updates from loved ones or if you need to call for help. The walkie talkies below are great to keep on hand during an emergency.
X-Talker® T71VP3 Two-Way Radio
One of our most powerful radios, the T71 is a walkie talkie that can prove useful in many situations. With rechargeable batteries, a Micro USB charging outlet, and Hi/Lo power settings, this walkie talkie will keep its charge when you need it most. The T71 features extensive range, eVOX hands-free operation, and 36 channels. It also features Weather Alert Radio with Weather Scan to keep you up to date on inclement weather heading your way.
EX37VP X-Talker® Two-Way Radio Emergency Kit
If you are wanting two-way communication plus a few emergency prep items, the EX37VP X-Talker® Two-Way Radio Emergency Kit is a great option. This kit comes with comes with two X-Talker® walkie talkies in bright red, which make them easy to spot. The radios provide quick access to NOAA Weather Alert Radio. It also comes complete with rechargeable batteries, flashlight, compass/whistle, and Micro USB charging cable, all in a semi-rigid portable case. Keep it in your car so it is always ready to take off with you.
Emergency Weather Radios are Necessary for Wildfires
If forced to evacuate, you will want to keep up with weather alerts. Don’t rely on your cell phone for that – make sure you have one of the portable emergency radios below in case of a wildfire in your area.
ER210 Emergency Crank Weather Radio
Compact and easy to pack in your go-bag, the ER210 Emergency Crank Weather Radio is essential during a wildfire. You need something lightweight, portable, and with multiple power options so you can quickly take it with you if you lose electricity or are forced to evacuate.
The ER210 features NOAA Weather Radio + Alerts, an extremely bright CREE® LED flashlight with SOS, USB port for charging other devices, and AM/FM radio. It also features a rechargeable 2200 mAh Li-Ion battery (up to 25 hours of use), and a hand crank and solar panel.
ER310 Deluxe Emergency Crank Weather Radio
The ER310 Deluxe Emergency Crank Weather Radio includes many of the same features at the ER210, but with a few upgrades. The rechargeable battery in the ER310 is a more powerful 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery, which gives you up to 32 hours of use. It also features an ultrasonic dog whistle, which can greatly help search and rescue teams in locating individuals. This radio also features NOAA Weather Radio with alerts, extremely bright CREE® LED flashlight with SOS, USB port for charging other devices, a hand crank, solar panel, and AM/FM radio.
Although wildfires are stressful and potentially dangerous, you’ll feel much better knowing you have an emergency or two-way radio with you. Choose from one of the options above for emergency preparedness as well as peace of mind.