How Do I Know Which Emergency Radio to Choose?

There's a very good reason why nearly every preparedness list includes an emergency radio.

When extreme weather causes a power outage, you need something reliable to provide you with details about the storm and where it's headed. And you need it quickly. 

With violent weather becoming more frequent and more intense every year, owning an emergency weather radio has never been more important.

In keeping with our BlackOUT Friday Event, today I want to tell you exactly what to look for in an emergency radio. There are many choices out there. Some are good, some… not so much. The key is to find one that offers everything you'll need.

Say yes to NOAA

The first thing you should do when it comes to selecting an emergency radio is make sure it's a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

Having access to critical information is key to surviving in any emergency. With a NOAA weather radio, you're certain to receive timely information about weather threats in your area. Including evacuation routes and other breaking news.

These radios broadcast official National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24/7. If you program your county's six-digit code into it, a loud alarm will sound when dangerous weather approaches.

Some of these weather radios allow you to choose which particular alerts you want to receive. And which you don't. 

Plenty of charging options

OK, now you're set with weather alerts. Is there anything else you need in an emergency radio? Yes, plenty.

Let's start with how to keep it charged. A dead emergency radio is useless, so don't choose one that gives you only one or two options.

You want a radio with a powerful battery inside. But you also want other ways to charge it.

Including plugging it into an outlet, exposing the radio's solar panel to the sun and cranking it up by hand.  

Power bank with a flashlight 

Any of those options will keep your emergency radio charged. But you also want to have a radio that can "share the wealth."

You may find yourself in a position where you need to charge your cellphone. Or a tablet, e-reader, camera, flashlight, cooling fan or another item. Select an emergency radio that can do all that. 

There's no guarantee you'll have daylight when a weather emergency interrupts your life.

You may also need to light your path. So, make sure your radio includes a bright flashlight.

Light, compact and durable… with extras

Other features you want in an emergency radio are just as practical. For example, you don't want one that's heavy. It would be a burden to carry in your hand or in a bag.

You also want a radio that's compact yet durable. One that can take a few dings without getting damaged.  And what about some extras the average person might not think about?

Choose an emergency radio that includes a sturdy metal clip so you can attach it to a backpack or belt loop. Select one that has a charging indicator so you always know how much juice it has. Pick one with an earphone jack so you can listen discreetly.  

Finally, you want an emergency radio that's priced right. If for no other reason than so you can buy several of them. For your home and vehicle, and even as gifts for loved ones.

My recommendation

It may be difficult to believe, but every feature I mentioned as being important in an emergency radio is included in one radio – the 4Patriots Liberty Band Emergency Solar Radio.

Of course, this is not a coincidence. We started with the end in mind with this product. We made sure this tactical information hub features NOAA weather alerts, with seven 24/7 weather channels and AM/FM and shortwave radio.

We insisted it include an LCD display clock with alarm and an ultra-bright flashlight.

We made it lightweight with the ability to recharge with the power of the sun. 

We added a hand crank for emergency starting. We even made sure that it could power up other devices when you need them most. Including your cellphone.

I feel like we've made the 4Patriots Liberty Band Emergency Solar Radio as desirable as we possibly can. But if you need any extra incentive, how's this?

If you purchase three of them, I'll provide you with free shipping and toss in a few bonuses. Including a free Patriot Power Cell, a free 72-Hour Survival Food Kit, a free HaloXT Tactical Flashlight and a $25 gift certificate. 

Here's how to get yours…


  • Betty - October 25, 2022

    Am going to give two grandkids who do not live at home the radios for Christmas. I think they will be a great safty device where ever they may be.

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