Communication Breakdown: Devices You’ll Need to Stay in Touch

In some ways, it may have been easier for humans to survive a post-apocalyptic scenario in the 80s then it will be today. Society has changed significantly in the last twenty years, and it has given us a warped view of what life is all about. That’s not criticism, exactly; it’s just an observation that we are further away from nature than ever before. When the power goes down, communication isn’t going to be as easy as picking up your cell phone. There’s not going to be any internet. If you want to get in touch with someone, you’re going to need some special preparation.

Food, tools, weapons, and healthcare supplies are essential to any attempt at post-societal survival, but it’s a mistake not to invest in some method of communication. Your longterm survival may depend on your ability to contact the outside world. By getting your hands on the following devices, you’ll have a much better chance of doing just that.

A Shortwave Radio
With shortwave frequencies, you’ll be able to broadcast transmissions that can be picked up by others in the area. These radios are commonly used in emergency situations, and they make for an excellent addition to your survival inventory.

A Satellite Phone
If you’re prepping on a budget, a satellite phone may not be a practical purchase. If you have plenty of money to blow, on the other hand, you could make worse investments. Without working cell towers, your iPhone isn’t going to be much good. As long as the disaster that strikes doesn’t wipe out our satellites, though, this type of phone should continue to do the trick.

For short-distance communication, GMRS/FRS radios can work well. There are rather affordable, but there are drawbacks. If you live in a mountainous area, you may not get much coverage. The batteries have a tendency to die quickly as well.

A Ham Radio
If you want to put all of your communication budget into a single device, make it a ham radio. Emergency response systems all across America use this system to broadcast, meaning you’ll be able to tap into any existing national support. That support includes the national weather system, giving you a heads-up on any existing storms.

Depending on the severity of the situation, communications could be nearly impossible when the crisis hits. There’s no guarantee that these devices will keep you in touch, but it’s a bet worth wagering on.