Knowing what is happening around you and in your community during a crisis helps you make informed decisions about what actions to take next. If the water is rising, you’ve got to leave. If the wind is going to pick up, you’ve got to hunker down. Radio is usually the best way to stay informed when there is no power. Stations will generally have back up power to stay on the air. Even if the television station is broadcasting, you might not have power to turn your set on. Two-way radios allow people in close proximity to stay in touch without having to travel to each other. CB’s and short wave radios are limited to a small number of users and they generally require more than battery power. In most situations a battery powered emergency radio is all you need to find out what’s going on.