It’s incredibly difficult to survive a disaster without preparation.
You need to be ready to deal with obstacles because there likely won’t be an opportunity to deal with them after the fact.
And this is the lifeline you can’t survive without when disaster strikes.
Communication is essential for survival.
Not many things are more important for the human species.
Written and spoken language are what separates us from animals and never-ending warfare.
A key facet of communication is sending and receiving information as quickly as possible, which has improved unimaginably throughout time.
We’ve gone from messengers running by foot to snail mail to tweets.
In modern day society, we take this ease of communication for granted, but that’s a very dangerous proposition when disaster strikes.
If something like a prolonged blackout hits, suddenly phone and internet access may be unavailable.
Suddenly standard modes of communication are unreliable.
If that happens, here are some methods of communication that will keep you alive.
First is the satellite phone.
A “satphone” connects to the telephone network via radio through orbiting satellites in place of cellular towers.
Satphones are great investments because they can be used in remote locations.
Conversely, a cell phone is nearly useless if you get stranded in the middle of the desert where there are no cellular towers anywhere near in range.
A satphone will work practically everywhere on planet Earth, which could help you get out of some dangerous situations.
The next form of communication is ham radio.
Amateur (ham) radio can be a very effective method because of how it operates.
Similar to satphones, ham radios can be used all over the globe.
The radio waves can even travel into outer space.
Ham radio is a good way for people to link up and share information around the world when commonplace methods of communication are down.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that all ham radio operators obtain a license in order to use an amateur band frequency, but you do what you have to do if there’s truly a disaster that’s putting lives in danger.
In a SHTF scenario, a pirated radio would be the least of your concerns.
Another useful tool for communication is the two-way radio.
Two-way radios don’t have the scope and scale of satphones or ham radios, but they’re still incredibly effective locally.
They offer a range of approximately four to six miles, and they’re capable of extending beyond that in favorable weather conditions with limited barriers in between users.
The main advantage of a two-way radio is they don’t require a relatively complicated setup like a ham radio might, and they’re mobile.
In a true emergency situation, you may have to abandon your ham radio station.
If you have someone on your same frequency, you can communicate instantly, which can help get you to safety or avoid oncoming danger.
Communication is something you don’t want to get caught without.
It’s difficult to devise a strategy for survival if you have no idea what’s happening around you.