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.
Ready.gov 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 into 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.
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