20 Days to Ready: Find a Radio For Any Scenario (Day 8)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. 

Assignment: Find a Battery-Powered or Hand-Crank Radio

It’s probably been a while since you last listened to AM or FM radio outside your car. But radios are still among the best ways to get information during an emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests adding a battery-powered or hand-crank-powered (manual) radio and an all-hazards NOAA weather radio (which broadcasts continuous weather information and sounds alarms for severe weather events) to your emergency kit. Many emergency radios now include flashlights, solar panels and chargers to power cell phones and other devices — all built in to the unit.

Remember to keep spare batteries as a backup, and store your radio with the rest of your emergency supplies — so it’s easy to find and grab.

Click here to follow along with more “20 Days to Ready” emergency preparedness tasks.

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