Following either a man made or natural disaster, normal methods of communication are frequently damaged, or clogged with calls. Preparing in advance can lessen the stress of the situation and improve your chance of survival. Many survivalists are searching for a reliable means of communication and thus far have not found the answer. Many others place communications very low on the list of priorities. When times are tough and the systems currently in place are no longer functioning the survivor must be prepared to provide this most basic essential for himself. In my case, a reliable communication system is equal in importance to guns, ammo and a years supply of food. I have two handheld CB's and two sets of two way radios (Motorola SX600) and I have a good amount of batteries for both sets and I have a small solar charger to recharge them. Now if I'm hit with an EMP I don't think they will work but I do keep a set of four Cobra (CXT90) radios in a ammo box without the batteries in them. Not sure if this will help or not I did line the ammo box with rubber that is 1/4" thick with a hope that it would stop the radio's from being messed up. I hope we never get hit with an EMP but you never know. We have cell phones with a crank charger, but if TSHTF I'm sure cell phones will be dead or so messed up you can't use them. We have a few short wave radio's and a few AM/FM ones to. I keep a small one of each in the ammo can with the Cobra radio's just in case. As it stands I have 8 two way radio's to use after the SHTF. What are your plans to communicate after an event of doom, or do you have one? If not you should start a plan and in the least of this you need a shot wave radio or two and two is always better.
Keep up your prepping and keep your eye's and ears open to the coming collapse. Our time is short!
Life goes on.......Will you?