The next article in our series ‘Identify what you need to put aside‘ is Communications.
We all like to talk, we all like to interact with others, selected others anyway, and to do this we use some form of communication. Sometimes we need to pass on urgent messages and warnings and sometimes we just want to find out how people are and catch up on what is going on. The ability to just pick up the phone and connect to almost anyone you want to or leave a message will be sorely missed. No more emergency calls for help or calling anywhere really without prior arrangement and timing arrangements.
I’ve looked at this subject on a separate post and still think that the solutions discussed there are the best so I’m not just going to repeat that article here.
Here is the suggested equipment list for your communication requirements;
- Ham Radio
- Ham Radio receivers
- CB Radio
- Base station with SRB
- Portable car units
- Hand held units
- Walkie Talkie
- Base station
- Hand held units
Long range communications. To communicate over some distance and to keep contact with others outside your group. Keep updated with world and country wide situation reports etc as well as family and friends. When arranging times to listen out consider time differences.
Medium range communications. To communicate in the local area with neighbours and other in your group. Keep in contact for help, monitor intruders and coordinate events.
Short range communications. To communicate in the local area with your group. Keep in contact with each other. Enable workers to keep in touch with base to report and request help for any tasks.
Things to consider
Communications requires power. If you do not have this sorted on a grid you must power the units individually by some method such as battery or solar panels.
Communications are one area that would suffer by an EMP. To mitigate this risk you must store all of your equipment somewhere shielded to protect them.
Next up is part 15 in the series, Vehicles.