posted on Oct, 5 2014 @ 01:23 PM
It depends. First and foremost, who do you want to communicate with and why?
While good for gathering information more or less internet style when the internet is down, A ham or cb radio probably won't help you find out where
your family was when the SHTF or coordinate to get them to where you're going to be (because depending on the situation maybe you're evacuated from
your home while your family is at work or school or out of town).
Adding longevity and connectivity to your cellphone is a good idea there. The alternative is to establish a network with people in relevant locations
who also have radio- in particular you'll want radio contacts in your town close to the places where things that matter to you are.
If you want to communicate within your block, You could probably get a wireless router of sufficient range and leave it open with no internet
connection and a name like "unsecured emergency local area network". This would allow you to quickly coordinate with your immediate neighbors for
first aid, fire fighting or mutual defense, or pooling of information. You would of course need a battery backup for this and it would have a
limited running time without a generator. Coupled with a satellite connection you might even be able to keep some internet and VOIP connectivity,
but as the system gets more advanced it gets more expensive, so while it would be viable for a college campus or planned community or other close
knit group with shared resources it's unlikely to be practical in the suburbs.
There's also the question of who you DON'T want to communicate with. Most forms of communication will reveal your approximate location and your
message to anyone. Maybe you want to tell your friends you've got a generator and food and they can come over but you don't want any crashers.
Maybe you want to tell a targeted group you can offer a hiding place but don't want to tell the aggressors. The best way to do this is either to
relay written or verbal communication though a network of in person exchanges or by coded inconspicuous visual signals, which again requires setting
up a network and agreed signals in advance (which need to be simple- you wont get all of your friends to learn morse code, but you can tell chosen
individuals something simple like "if theres ever trouble of any kind - pandemic, police state, famine, whatever- I'll put out my green hat lawn
gnome if I can help, and some symbol of what I can offer - water can, pie tin, a piece of electrical wire, bullet casing etc- and here's the people
I want to know about that. If I put out the red one it's dangerous at my place and you need to stay away, and if neither is there come be sure I'm
either ok or have left")