Emergency situations that can cause one to call for help through an emergency radio include power outages, natural disasters such as floods, landslides, avalanches or when one is lost. In an emergency situation where one cannot use their cell phone or other means of communication, one will require using an emergency radio to reach others.
People who go camping and hiking must include an emergency radio as one of their survival tools. One can save their life and the life of others, when they use an emergency radio to call for help. Solar panels are convenient to use when one is not near an electric power source to charge an emergency radio.
Using the hand cranking charging method is an easy way to charge an emergency radio because one does not even require the use of batteries or solar power when there is no sun. One may get a hand crank radio that does not require them to turn the hand crank continuously but will transfer power from the batteries to the radio. Battery charging is also another power source for emergency radios.
One may also be near electricity and they can charge the emergency radios because they have an AC outlet plug in.
Most emergency radios come with two power sources such as the hand crank charging and the battery charging method. An emergency radio that is able to survive all sorts of power challenges is one that uses four power sources such as solar charging panels, batteries, hand cranking power, and an AC outlet plug-in. Some brands have included Fm and Am capabilities in their emergency radios. People can also choose an emergency radio that comes with a feature that allows them to play music from their MP3 player using the emergency radio as well as charge their cell phones.
A feature that is included in emergency radios is an LED flashlight which can be set to do an SOS Morse code beacon. Emergency radios also come with ultrasonic dog whistles which can attract rescue teams in times of emergencies. A good emergency radio is one that has good reception and keeps power for a long time.
Emergency radios come with USB ports and mini USB charging cables that are used to charge phones. One can choose an emergency radio that is small or large depending on their preferences. People who live in tornado and hurricane-prone areas should get an emergency radio that will give them weather-alerts so that they can take the necessary precautions.
Extra features that can be found in emergency radio include thermometers, a compass, water resistance radios and good audio quality.