72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #15: Communication

Welcome!Week #15 in a step by step 72 hour kit series. Makes building a robust, personalized 72 hour kit affordable and do-able!

Welcome to week #15 in the “72 Hour Kit Ideas: A week by week approach” series.

This series is all about making it simple and doable to get a 72 hour kit put together for you and your family.

Creating such a kit can be overwhelming and financially difficult to do all at once. But through this series, I’ve broken it down for you into 26 small steps! You can see all the steps here. Just take one small baby step each week and in six months you will have a well stocked, personalized kit!

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Week #15: Communication

Communication during a large disaster can be difficult at best.  Do you have ways in which you will be able to communicate with loved ones in the event that your cell phone stops working?

What about communicating with the outside world?  Following the news/warnings about your area?  Signaling for help?

This week, add tools to your kit that will aid with communication during a disaster.



Communicating With Local Family

  •  Two way radio (walkie talkies)
  • Change (quarters) and/or a prepaid calling card for pay phones.  Know (and have in your kit) the number of the pay phone nearest your immediate family members (in addition to their cell and any landline)
  • A predetermined meeting place and a map of how to get there if applicable
  • A Long Distance Contact Phone Number (In the case of a large, but local power outage, you will likely be able to call long distance, but not locally.  Have an out of state contact that you and other local family members can call to report to.  When you also call that contact, they can take your info and tell you about how other family members are doing and where they are or what they need.)

Keeping up on the News

Signaling for Help


How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell me what you will be adding to your kit.  Why? What communication tools do you need?  What do you already have?


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82 thoughts on “72 Hour Kit Ideas Week #15: Communication”

  1. We have a large solar and hand crank NOAA lantern to have at the house and a smaller Eton solar NOAA weather radio for our BOB. For direct Communication we have two sets of Minolta walkie talkies that come with a recharge station that can be recharged from an electric generator set up or with a couple of different chargers we own. A hand crank and a solar option. We have a few message centers set up


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