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Are you going to be able to collect precious information after a disaster strikes? Will you be able to get help when common communication lines are down?
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You are looking to add depth to your preparedness plan I suggest you check out this article and compare it to your communications plan. That is if you have one.
Communications are so crucial but I think it is a highly underutilized part of the preppers toolkit. There are technologies out there that can make this effort a lot smoother. It starts with understanding that things can be made better. If your whole plan is a hand-crank radio, it’s time to change up.
The more you know about a situation the better off you are gonna be. You will know when to stay and know when to go. The bugout should always hinge on strong communications and intelligence. The best way to handle this is through PACE plans.
Your primary comms method is that which you use on a daily basis. for 99% of us, this is the cellphone. Like it or not that has become our primary mode of communications.
Your alternate communications methods will vary. It could be something like a landline. It could also be something like SKYPE where you can make calls without your cellphone. Now that will require internet but it will work if you lose or break your phone.
If you have gone through your two best options for communication, well, now its time to get into the big guns. You are going to want some sort of satellite phone or powerful means of CB radio or something to that affect.
You might only have the option of HAM radio at this point. I know not everyone is a HAM operator but it might be the time to get into that!