Your Crucial Communication Device Options for This Winter

Aside from the frigid temperatures, the problem with winter is, you don’t know exactly what’s coming or when. You don’t know when that big winter storm is going to wreak havoc in your neck of the woods. 

What you do know is that when it does come calling, communication will be even more important than ever. You’re going to want to know how bad it’s going to be, where it’s going to hit hardest, and what your best escape route might be.

Today I want to talk to you about the various communication devices you should consider owning. Then you can determine which one (or ones) you should have on hand before Old Man Winter pays a visit. 

You can’t always rely on the grid

A natural disaster or other crisis can have wide-reaching effects. Including downed cell towers and power outages. Without Wi-Fi or cell service, the communication devices we’ve come to depend on become obsolete.

Having an alternative communication system during a disaster is almost as important as stocking up on enough food. 

There are two types of communication you need to keep in mind when looking for devices:

  • One-way communication allows you to receive important information and updates from local authorities. You will be unable to communicate back, though. 
  • Two-way communication is for both sending and receiving information. This will allow you to talk with friends, family, and other community members. 


Walkie-talkies are one of the most basic bug-out bag communication devices. They are compact, perfect for stashing into a go-bag, and easy to use.

While walkie-talkies have a limited range compared to other two-way communication devices, many people own them. You may be able to contact others outside your immediate circle if needed. 

Quality matters when it comes to walkie-talkies. You don’t want to go with a cheap set that resembles a child’s toy. A quality set is better to have in your emergency kit and to take camping. 

They usually have a range of up to several miles. And they feature a secure mode for when you don’t want others to listen in on your conversation. 

Plus, they’re easy and quick to recharge with a solar power bank. So you don’t have to worry about your walkie-talkie dying on you.

CB Radio

You’ve probably seen truckers in real life or on television use citizens band (CB) radios to communicate with each other. CB radios offer more range than walkie-talkies. But you’ll still be limited in distance. 

If your friends and family live within a close range, you could each set up a radio in your home. That way you’ll have a quick and reliable way to communicate. 

It’s unlikely your neighbors will also have CB radios. So these radios will offer more privacy for you. However, you may have difficulty reaching out for help with one. 

While walkie-talkies run on batteries, CB radios require a power source. If you choose to go the CB radio route, make sure you’re equipped with a solar generator for electricity. 

HAM Radio

Amateur (HAM) radios give you a wider range than CB radios and walkie-talkies. A HAM radio is the better option if you’re hoping to stay in contact with those living farther from you. Or if you want to increase your chances of reaching people outside your social circle. 

Unfortunately, HAM radios require a license to transmit. In a crisis, you might not be worried about following regulations. But HAM radios do have a learning curve. 

You’re going to want plenty of practice before the real deal happens. Practicing with your HAM radio will also give you a chance to get to know other HAM radio owners. They may be able to help when disaster strikes. 

As with CB radios, you’ll need an alternative electricity source like solar power if the grid goes down. Luckily, many HAM radio operators have invested in alternative power. So you’ll be in good company if a crisis happens. 

Solar Radio

Walkie-talkies, CB radios, and HAM radios are all great for interacting with other people. But they don’t lend themselves toward receiving essential news and updates.

When it comes to one-way communication devices, you can’t go wrong with a simple, solar-powered radio. Especially one that can power up other important devices. Such as your cellphone.

It’s very likely a storm will knock out your power for a while this winter. And make roads impassable. Maybe it will happen several times.

But with a solar-powered radio, you’ll know what’s coming in advance and be more ready to deal with it. 


  • keight - November 30, 2023

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