The power went off here on the weekend, and I realized when I moved that I somehow managed to misplace my little battery operated radio I keep on hand, so in order to get information on the power outtage (since it didn’t seem directly related to a storm or anything weather-related) I had to sit in my car with the radio on every half hour to get the update before the power came back up.
So if you don’t have a WORKING radio, and extra batteries to go along with it, go and get one NOW.
A few things to consider:
- Make sure it is both AM/FM, not just one or the other, because some radio stations might be unavailable in an emergency.
- Electronic tuning is better than manually tuning in with a dial, especially when the dials seem to be teeny tiny and you have to be so precise. It also makes it faster to flip between stations to find out what is being said where.
- Generally, the bigger size the battery (and the number used) means longer life. So it is better to choose a radio with 4 AA batteries than 4 AAA, not to mention the fact AA are generally more common in households if you happen to run through your supply.
Need help figuring out what you should have on hand for an emergency? We have free printables for Household Emergency Supply Checklist that has a handy list with checkboxes for the most important items in a household emergency kit, as well as a blank checklist you can use to add additional items (you might decide that having a few packets of instant coffee is important, or a few toys for the kids, so you can easily add them).