Is there a type of grid-down communication method that works? Unless you plan to use smoke signals, there’s no other way to communicate during a power outage than with equipment that uses back-up power sources. Like I’ve mentioned in other articles, electricity is a fundamental utility that you can not afford to lose.
I couldn’t think of a worse situation than being caught up in a major disaster and not have the communication equipment needed to find out what was happening. Information will be crucial to have.
If struck by a tsunami or earthquake, or other natural disaster, or maybe even a man-made one, you need to know whether it’s over or something else is headed your way. How else would you be able to prepare?
That’s why the following list is a small example of some of the ways you should consider grid down communication in your own prepping plan. There are a few ideas on how to keep communication lines open. Even if just to monitor the airwaves for news of any specific threats. How else could you possibly protect yourself and your family?
Tips to Keep Grid Down Communication Going
Tip #1: HAM Radio
For me, this would have to be one of the most reliable methods of grid down communication the world over. All it needs is the power to operate and doesn’t rely on any sort of civil infrastructure.
If you have a suitable source of power, other HAM radio operators communicate directly with you. This system is great for receiving first-hand information directly from those in the know.
The system also has a potential reach of hundreds and even thousands of miles. To consider this option, be sure to check in with local rules and regulations as some states require HAM operators to hold a current license.
Tip #2: 2-Way Radios
Whilst this option may not give you much in the way of useful information from sources other than your own family, these work great amongst those close to you. 2-way radios normally have a very limited range, some under 5 miles or so.
But where they shine is when used in close proximity, like when family members need to go to a local store or river to fish. They would also come in handy if facing an imminent attack from looters, giving your family an advantage around the home.
Tip #3: Solar-Charging Your Grid Down Communication Devices
This will always be one of the safest ways to keep power running. As long as the sun keeps shining, solar power will keep all of your electrical devices operating. There are several options when purchasing kits for your home or bug out location and you should study them carefully to ensure you get the right one.
There’s nothing worse than investing in one of these systems only to discover it doesn’t provide anywhere near enough power to meet your demand.
The other great thing with solar power is that it works fantastic when used in conjunction with the next item on this list. Unless you live in a place of never-ending cloud cover, this option should be high on your list of needs when preparing your bug out.
Tip #4: Battery Supplies for Your Devices
There isn’t much in this world these days that doesn’t run on power in some way or another. And the good thing is that most of these useful devices run on some sort of batteries, either using disposable or rechargeable varieties.
That’s why I invest in a multitude of battery options. It’s not just the rechargeable ones I keep handy, but also the disposable varieties and also spare varieties for all of my devices whose power sources might fail.
It’s super important to monitor disposable batteries though, as they still have a limited shelf life. Many will last several years, but you’ll want to rotate them out as their due date approaches.
Tip #5: Battery-Powered Radios for Grid Down Communication
While direct communication is always important, so is information reaching you from services that remain on the air during a major event. Radio stations and emergency broadcasting services still run during emergencies and thus make them extremely useful to access.
There are options of hand-cranked radios that generate their own power to keep them alive. Then there are those needing batteries. But because you paid attention to the previous items on this list, that shouldn’t be much of a problem for you.
Tip #6: Internet
While the power grid might cancel most computers, you may find hosting towers and servers still active to some degree. Even some cell towers have their own power sources and back-up power. This gives you a small chance of accessing the internet.
Tip #7: Cell Phones
Although these are last on the list of grid down communication, don’t discount them completely. Cell towers may still be active, depending on the emergency. Just don’t rely on them solely. It’s almost a guarantee that thousands of other people will also be trying these for communication.