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Preparedness Tip: Radios

When you are left without power for a long time, what’s one of the best ways to stay informed of local conditions?

2010 Haiti Earthquake

Red Cross worker Winnie Romeril noticed recently that a lot of Haitians on the street were carrying our Red Cross eton emergency crank radios. These radios, which were being handed out by a local radio station, can by powered by cranking a handle that stores energy in a battery. Some of the models out there can even store solar power.

Currently, about 20 radio stations are back up and running post-earthquake in Haiti. These radio stations can communicate important information about relief to a massively displaced population.

When you are thinking about what to put in an emergency preparedness kit, consider including a radio – it could make a difference by keeping you and your family connected to immediate sources of information when your usual options are out.