In an emergency, you need to be heard. You need to know what is going on around you. Information and communication is critical. I’d like to introduce you to what I consider a critical communications tool for when things get hairy.
In a disaster scenario, when normal lines of communications are down, the Ham Radio Community comes to the rescue. The disaster net of choice is the 2m band, and sometimes the 70cm band.
The Baofeng GT-3 not only has 5 watts of power on both of these bands, but also receives weather and normal FM bands for staying current on the news that affects you. It also has a built in LED flashlight and a personal siren for getting the attention of rescuers.
For the very affordable price of $70 (and $15 to get your Ham Radio License), you will be part of an exclusive community dedicated to providing communications when the grid is down.
Read more about our hands on review of this radio at http://arduinotronics.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-baofeng-gt-3-operational-review.html