Severe Storm Tip - Handheld Radios
When you live in a coastal region, flood plain, or any area where storms occur SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin recommends you have a set of handheld 2-way radios for emergency communications for the following reasons:
- Cell phones have drastic disadvantages during a severe storm event. Cell towers will be down and power outages may affect the service.
- Handheld 2-way radios do not require towers.
- You should be able to get continuous weather reports
- GPS tracking in 2-way radios allow you to know where everyone is if they have it on them.
- You can communicate across distances if you purchase a quality set and have an exclusive channel.
Keep an extra pack of batteries along with your handheld 2-way radios. Today's batteries have a very long shelf life. Battery life for most handheld radios will last for days.
Even if you don’t live in a coastal region, flood plain or an area where severe storms occur, a set of 2-way radios is a great addition to your emergency kit.