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Be Prepared with Emergency Disaster Essential Kits

With a household emergency disaster kit that includes family walkie-talkies for added safety, you and your loved ones will be able to comfortably weather a bad storm or just about any other kind of disaster. It’s a very smart practice to have everything you need before you need it, safely stored in a particular location in your home. This way, you won’t be scrambling around during the emergency to try to find the essentials, when store supplies may be low or impossible to get to. The Red Cross, experts in preparing for emergencies and dealing with their aftermath, publishes a list of emergency supplies that should be included in your emergency preparedness kit. Make sure you have a large carrying case (or a few, for multiple family members), in the event you need to evacuate to a safer facility. In that case, you will need to bring your supplies with you.

A little preparation can go a long way in the event of an emergency, in keeping you and your family safe and comfortable. And for the best quality family two-way radios, check out Tech Wholesale’s Motorola Talkabout Series radios. They’re designed for personal and family use.

Basic Supplies for an Emergency

  • Water – Per person: 1 gallon per day (evacuation: 3-day supply; at-home use: 2-week supply)
  • Food – Easy to prepare, non-perishable food items (evacuation: 3-day supply; at-home use: 2-week supply)
  • Flashlight
  • Hand-crank or battery-powered radio (NOAA Weather Radio is ideal – certain two-way radios, such as the Motorola Talkabout T460, include NOAA weather stations)
  • Extra batteries for electronic devices
  • First aid kit
  • Medical items and medications (7-day supply)
  • Multi-purpose tool (such as a Swiss Army knife)
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation products
  • Copies of personal documents (medical information and medication list, proof of address, deed to home or lease, birth certificates, passports, home and personal insurance policies)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Emergency contact information; family contact information
  • Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of your general area

Emergency Supplies for Families with Children and/or Pets

  • Two-way radios – to keep family members connected over a large home, in transit or in an evacuation shelter. During emergency situations, cell phone towers may become overloaded, and coverage may not be ideal in other locations away from home.
  • Personal medical supplies such as contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids with batteries, blood sugar testing equipment, syringes
  • Babies supplies (baby food, formula, bottles, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (food, carrier, bowl, collar, leash, identification)
  • Extra sets of house keys and car keys
  • Activities and games for kids
  • Manual can opener

Additional Emergency Gear Based on Common Local Disasters

Make these items part of your survival kit or home emergency kit, depending upon the most common disasters in your location. For example, in low-lying areas prone to flooding, you should have heavy duty rain gear and waterproof clothing.

  • Matches, lighters
  • Portable lights, candles
  • Rain gear; waterproof clothes
  • Extra clothing, sturdy shoes, hat
  • Plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors
  • Towels
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Work gloves
  • Liquid bleach
  • Supplies and tools for securing your home
  • Blankets, sleeping bags
  • Entertainment items, games

Keep your most important emergency supplies ready to go at a moment’s notice in an easy-to-carry shoulder bag or backpack. Stay safe and prepared!

Add comment August 23rd, 2016

The Wireless Technology that Enhances Firefighter Safety

Firefighters are some of America’s bravest life-savers. Keeping these heroes safe has taken an important step forward with the advance of wireless communications technology.

How Firefighters Use Wireless Communication

Many fire departments have upgraded their equipment over the past couple of decades to now include wired headset and intercom communication systems. Wired intercom systems that employ noise attenuating headsets have moved communications into the 21st century for firefighters on their way to a blaze or on the scene of an emergency. Now, wireless headset communications have made their way into the arsenal of many fire departments.

Wireless systems free firefighters from the physical connection to equipment and apparatus as is the case with wired communication systems. Without cumbersome wires limiting their movement on an emergency scene, firefighters are safer and more able to respond to incidents and rescue victims. The can also speak without shouting over the attendant noise of an emergency incident when using wireless communication technology, which has also proven to have benefits in aerial applications where bucket crews can communicate freely while operating the bucket in midair.

Two-Way Radios for Firefighters

Two-way radios and their wireless accessories, including headsets and microphones, help firefighters confront emergencies safely and with greater mobility and efficiency. Some of the features of these wireless systems more fire departments have adopted include large, recessed Push-to-Talk (PTT) and emergency buttons that are easy to access and also made to prevent inadvertent activation by a firefighter wearing bulky equipment, outdoor GPS availability, volume control and a task light.

Fire companies considering an upgrade to wireless communications should consider whether the system uses hands-free, full-duplex intercom technology; if the system will be compatible and interface with most HF, VHF and UHF radios; whether firefighters will be comfortable wearing the headsets over a long period of time; and whether the system’s components are durable enough to withstand the challenging conditions that emergency personnel will encounter on a call.

Add comment May 16th, 2016

Advantages of Radio Communications in an Age of Heightened Security

Remember the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. With so many scary scenarios playing out on the world stage, we can’t live in fear, but we can take important steps to keep ourselves protected and safe. There are different kinds of security to consider, including physical security for our communities and data security for our businesses. Two-way radios are important tools in handling both. There are many security advantages of radio communications over landlines and cell phones for emergency situations and for sensitive company transmissions. Spend a few minutes and learn what they are.

Two-Way Communication is Essential in an Emergency
The better connected our emergency responders are to each other, the more equipped they are to handle an unexpected event. Radio communications, whether from handheld two-way radios or mobile radios in vehicles, enable communication between multiple points without the need for a hard-wired connection. This makes it an ideal medium for security personnel and emergency responders. The technology lets a security guard alert their entire team to any suspicious behavior so that further action can immediately be taken. It’s a faster way to bring in backup than calling someone individually on a cell phone. Certain radio models are small and lightweight with available earpieces and microphones that enable discreet conversation. This makes it much easier for personnel to notify others on their security detail about a situation unfolding without alarming the public or alerting the perpetrator.

Add a Family Walkie-Talkie System to Your Household Emergency Kit
If you’re putting together a household emergency kit for your family, consider a personal walkie-talkie system. As we have seen in the past, during catastrophic emergencies cell phone towers can become overloaded, making cell phone use extremely difficult. Two-way radios operate on a closed circuit with others that are nearby on that frequency, so they are not dependent on cell phone coverage. Many family radio models include technology that minimizes interference from other users, so your family can enjoy clear communication.

Keep Business Communications Secure with a Two-Way Radio System
Many business radios use voice-inversion scrambling technology and digital privacy codes to enhance the security of their transmissions. This makes two-way radios for business far less susceptible to eavesdropping than ordinary cell phone conversations. Digital radios using the latest innovations offer even greater security protection. Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology enhances privacy for sensitive business communication. Digital radios also allow individual conversations in addition to broadcasting to an entire group. They have similar features to cell phones such as GPS and text messaging.

Maintain Security on Campus and in the Office with Repeaters and Call Boxes
Keeping a university campus or office building safe and secure is becoming more of a challenge in these times of heightened security. However, radio communications provide an easy and cost-efficient way to enhance safety and security. With a base station and radio repeater, it is possible to increase the power of a handheld two-way radio system considerably to cover a large college campus, big industrial complex or high-rise office building. Security personnel with handheld devices can alert each other to any suspicious activity and request backup if needed.

In addition to well-equipped security details, call boxes that connect with all users on the two-way radio system can be installed in any building. When placed inside residence halls, student centers, cafeterias, sports buildings, arenas, public spaces in office buildings and factory floors, it gives employees, students and teachers a way to immediately contact security without having to pick up a telephone. At a time when cell phone service might be down due to overuse in an emergency, having call boxes available for public use can literally be life savers.

Add comment January 12th, 2016

Scenarios where Two-Way Radios can Save the Day

Walkie-talkies to the rescue! Take a few minutes and read about some specific instances where two-way radios can make a huge difference in terms of information, instruction, coordination and safety. Whether it’s to relay sudden changes in a building specification to a work team or to coordinate the search for a missing person, two-way radios can be life savers – at times, literally.

Imagine this. Your company has been hired to construct a new home, and was given a complete set of blueprints by your client. One worker is on-site, overseeing pouring of concrete. Another is at a lumber yard, purchasing building materials. A third employee is at the hardware store, stocking up on additional tools, galvanized nails and other supplies that they were low on. A call comes in from the client. They’ve decided that they want to add a bathroom on the second floor, and this alters the layout of the other rooms. Without a two-way radio system, you would have to call your workers individually. After locating their phone numbers, you’ll hope that they have their cell phones with them, that they’re fully charged to receive calls and that there’s good cell phone service wherever they are. However, with everyone connected to the home base by handheld two-way radios (or a mobile unit in their vehicle), you can immediately broadcast to everyone that the job specifications have changed. This saves your company money in not buying materials you don’t need, it saves employee hours in not having to redo work and it saves the irritation of your important client when you do the job right the first time!

In another part of town, a call has come in to the police station that there is a missing child. The boy was playing with his friends in a wooded area near his home, they became separated and were not able to find him. Several relatives, in addition to emergency responders, are searching in different nearby locations where the child might be. The boy’s relatives have a family walkie-talkie system, and they are using that to coordinate with each other so they can cover more ground. The police and emergency responders have their own two-way walkie-talkies to organize their own efforts. This cuts down on confusion as to who’s looking where. One of the relatives finds a scarf that belongs to the boy, near a stream. She radios the other relatives, and one calls the police, who forward the information to the others in their group. Soon everyone is concentrated in the area where the scarf was found. The boy is soon located on a nearby dirt road. He had become lost, but is uninjured and is very happy to have been found!

A small group of friends have gone skiing in Utah. It is a remote area, but with excellent trails and fresh snow. A few of the friends go off in one direction, and the others head off in another. One party in the first group accidentally hits a stump underneath the snow and takes a tumble. They aren’t seriously injured, but the ankle is a little twisted and too painful to continue skiing. Their skiing partner tries to make a cell phone call to the others, letting them know that they’ll be late for their rendezvous, because they’ll have to walk back around the other way. However, due to the remote location, the cell phone signal is extremely poor, and they can’t get a good connection. Fortunately, they’re all carrying two-way radios! They push a button and have everyone on the line at once to relay the news. It’s a good thing they called. A member of the other group has been listening to the NOAA weather reports on the walkie-talkie, and as it happens, an unexpected storm is quickly moving in. They won’t have time to walk back before it hits, so the first group decides to go back to the base camp for an all-terrain snowmobile to come rescue the man who has been injured. It’s a great plan, and everyone is back at the lodge with hot chocolate in time to watch the blizzard, safely from indoors.

These are just a few examples of how two-way radios can save the day!

Add comment December 31st, 2015

Preparing for Emergencies on College Campuses and Universities

Be prepared and keep everyone safe on any sized campus. Spend a few minutes reading this article to learn how. A two-way radio system is one of the most important tools a university or college campus can have to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff members. Safety is always the number 1 concern in all public locations, and especially on busy college and university campuses. In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security launched Ready, their national public service advertising (PSA) campaign to educate the public so they could effectively prepare for and respond to any emergency situation. On their official website, they have a section with essential information and resources specifically for university and college campus security. After the September 11 attacks in 2001 and subsequent emergency situations at colleges across the country, campuses set up their own emergency preparedness and response teams and now have standard emergency procedures.

Communication is Essential in an Emergency
A key part of being prepared in the event of an emergency is being able to keep lines of communication open to relay vital information. Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a snowstorm or hurricane, or a man-made catastrophe such as a robbery or an active shooter, a university must be prepared for anything. Equipping security personnel and key administrators with high performance two-way radios makes perfect sense, as it allows instant communication that’s private and secure, and in cases where cell phone service might be overloaded, it’s the most reliable way to relay critical information.

Selecting a Two-Way Radio System for a College Campus
When choosing a two-way radio system for a college campus, there are several things to consider. Since you’ll want a unit that has a clear signal inside buildings and across a large outside area with various obstructions, UHF radios are the best option. While VHF radios have a wider range than UHF radios outdoors, they do not operate as effectively when confronted with substances such as concrete, steel and wood. Therefore, when your transmissions must be able to penetrate walls, ceilings and floors, choose a UHF radio. You will also want to make sure that the walkie-talkie system that you select is strong enough for the range you require. There are smaller, more compact single-watt units available, but for larger campuses, you might require a stronger wattage radio. Certain models are repeater capable, which means they can be used with repeaters that can receive radio signals and retransmit at a higher power to cover a greater distance. For college campuses, the repeater (with an external antenna) can be located at the main security location.

Call Boxes for Instant Security Notification
College campus security can be beefed up considerably with the use of a high-powered two-way radio system and strategically-placed call boxes. A call box can be placed anywhere in a building. When someone presses the button, it instantly notifies personnel who are carrying portable two-way radios. Ideal locations for call boxes might include residential dorms, cafeterias, sports stadiums, student centers and other public areas.

Preparing for potential emergencies at college campuses is more important than ever, but increased vigilance and the right equipment, tools and resources will keep everyone secure.

Add comment December 10th, 2015

Why You May Want to Add a Two-Way Radio to Your Household Emergency Kit

Be prepared for any emergency with a two-way radio system for your family. Take a few minutes and read this valuable article to learn how emergency walkie-talkie radios can keep your family safe and connected in the event of an unexpected natural disaster or other type of emergency situation.

The Benefits of Using a Two-Way Radio for an Emergency
We never like to think of such situations, but when wild weather or a widespread disaster hits, you want to make sure you’re fully prepared. Whether it’s a big snowstorm, a powerful hurricane or a major earthquake, not only can telephone land lines go down. Cell phone service might also be interrupted. If cell phone towers don’t have automatic backup systems, they will lose power. Even if they are fully powered, flooding or heavy winds can bring down cables. Increased traffic can easily overload the system, which we’ve seen during even short-term emergencies like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. A two-way radio system lets you quickly connect with family members and stay connected. There are family radios available with integrated NOAA radio service, which is especially useful. The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards system (NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) broadcasts emergency information around the clock. This includes natural emergencies like earthquakes, avalanches and hurricanes, environmental hazards such as oil spills and chemical releases and public safety alerts such as 911 telephone outages and AMBER alerts.

Using Two-Way Radios as Part of Your Family’s Outdoor Emergency Kit
If your family frequently enjoys activities like hiking, camping, boating, skiing or other outdoor adventures, two-way radios can be an essential part of your outdoor emergency kit. Family walkie-talkie units are easy for children to learn how to operate, which means they can safely go off on their own and are always connected to you. When camping in a remote area, cell phone coverage might be spotty or non-existent. This is where hand-held two-way radios truly shine. So long as everyone is within range, you can easily communicate, regardless of where you happen to be. Maybe you’re skiing on different courses of a ski resort or someone has wandered off the main trail on a family outing at a National Park. Walkie-talkies give you clear communications and peace of mind.

Family-Friendly Two-Way Radios with No FCC License Required
In addition to outdoor sports and family camping trips, family emergency radios are extremely useful at amusement parks, festivals and even at the mall. While it might not be a national emergency, a lost child is an upsetting family emergency, but with a two-way radio, they’re never lost for long. Another big benefit of two-way radios for families is that there are specific radio bands that do not require an FCC license to operate. The Family Radio Service (FRS) band is exactly that, a set of radio channels set aside specifically for family and personal use. The Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) is another set of channels in specific frequencies that you can use without an FCC license. These services make it easy and affordable for families to add a two-way radio system into their household emergency kit.

Add comment November 29th, 2015

Police and Emergency-Responders Two Way Radios

Police two-way radios are essential pieces of equipment, to protect citizens as well as the officers themselves from harm. Miscommunication among law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency crews can result in injuries or even loss of life, which is why dependable, powerful and secure two-way radio systems are crucial. Discover the history of police two-way walkie-talkies and learn how internal radio communications are used by law enforcement and emergency workers to dispatch units, relay important information and request backup. Also discussed are the most vital features for police radio systems, and how base stations and repeaters can be used for wider signal reach.

The History of Police Two-Way Radios
Police units were the first to use mobile two-way radio. Wireless communications in vehicles was first developed in 1923 in Australia and used by the Victoria police department in their cars (taking up the entire back seat). The equipment in time became more compact and powerful. In 1933, the Bayonne, New Jersey police department was the first to successfully use two-way radio communications between a fixed location and transceivers that were installed in police cars, enabling quicker response time for emergency situations. In-car and handheld two-way radios for police continue to evolve, with police digital radio systems using narrow band communications, which allows more agencies and jurisdictions to communicate with each other and even send data to radios. The newest radios feature encrypted digital voice communication, integrated Bluetooth technology and full color displays.

How Police and Emergency Workers Use Walkie-Talkies
Today, police two-way radios are used in every aspect of the job. They’re used to dispatch officers to investigate criminal activity, enabling faster response times. Police use walkie-talkies to call in for information about suspects and to request backup. Two-way police radios are used for interagency communications between police departments, government agencies and other emergency workers. They also serve as an all-important “lifeline” for officers working alone, in the event of an injury or other type of emergency. During search and rescue operations, two-way radios allow various groups to share crucial information and organize their efforts.

Digital Radios, Base Stations and Repeaters – Two-Way Radios for Police
Basic features that are essential for police radios include wide range capability, durability for harsh environments and the ability to effortlessly connect to others in their unit, their precinct and other support organizations. Digital radios are ideal, since the technology allows for private conversations as well as transmissions to various groups of users. There is also increased voice clarity and security with digital technology. The likelihood of an intercepted transmission is greatly reduced. Integrated emergency channels such as the NOAA Weather Service is important so emergency workers – not just police, but also search and rescue teams, fire fighters and others – can keep informed about ground conditions.

For communication between the police station in a particular precinct and their mobile units, a base station and external antenna is used. Repeaters placed in strategic locations receive and retransmit radio signals, greatly extending the two-way radio system’s range.

Add comment November 7th, 2015

Camping Safety

If you’re one of many people who enjoy camping and being in the great outdoors, you’re not alone. Camping is a relaxing and often fun excursion that is great for the whole family. Camping is a great way to relax and enjoy nature, as long as you follow safety guidelines to ensure your camping trip is as safe as possible. Below are a few tips to keep you safe while camping this season:

Two-Way Radios for Camping

  • Be sure you’re vaccinations such as a tetanus shot are up to date. Keeping up on vaccinations can ensures your protected from risks that you may encounter in the wilderness.
  • Always practice campfire safety! Choose a spot without overhanging trees and be sure to keep the fire contained with a metal ring. Keep water and a shovel near in the event of the fire spreading or becoming out of control.
  • Having a way to communicate in the event of an emergency is extremely crucial at ensuring the safety of your camping trip. Sometimes cellular phones aren’t the most reliable communication tools, especially if in the deep woods. Two-way radios for campgrounds are a reliable tool that should be mandatory in your camping plans. Make sure your two-way radio has full batteries before leaving for your trip. Not only will a two-way radio for campgrounds keep you safe in the event of an emergency, but are also great for camping related activities such as hiking and fishing.
  • Be sure to pack a supply kit that includes first aid accessories, maps, compasses, flashlights, batters, blankets, medicines and essential goods that are meant to keep you safe. If you’re bringing a two-way radio, be sure to bring a backup battery.

If you’re planning a camping trip this season, follow these simple guidelines and enjoy a safe and relaxing trip!

Tags: camping two-way radios , Motorola , Telecommunications , Two-way radio , Walkie-talkie

Add comment June 24th, 2013

Stay Safe and In Touch with Two-Way Radios for Boating

Warmer weather is all around us, and the time for boating and outdoor fun is in full bloom. Two-way radios for boating are useful and great tools that can ensure you’re having a safe and fun time on the water with friends. Whether you’re an avid fisherman or boat enthusiast, two-way radios for boating will keep you in touch with everyone in your party. Shouting back and forth over the roaring sound of a stream or river isn’t practical, but with two-way radios, you can easily communicate with your party for a fun time on the water. Motorola offers a large selection of two-way radios for boating that are affordable and designed to last.

Two-Way Radios For Boating

The Motorola RDV2020 is a great choice if you’re looking for two-way radios for boating. With the capabilities to transmit across 220,000 square feet, the RDV2020 ensures you’ll be heard loud and clear. Boating is a fun and adventurous sport, but with anything there are risks when you’re out on the water. Two-way radios for boating help ensure you’ll be able to call for help if an emergency arises. Relying on cell phones isn’t dependable, especially in dead zones, but you can rely on two-way radios to keep you in contact with your entire party. This summer when you’re enjoying a day on the water, don’t forget your two-way radio!

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Add comment June 21st, 2013

School Campus Two-way Radios Promote Safety & Other Benefits for School Campuses

Two-Way radios for Schools can increase safety!

Two-way radios are a great tool for school campuses that promote safety! With the amount of tragedies that have occurred in the past few years on school campuses, the need for a strong school security plan is dire, and having an open and dependable way to communicate is a great way to increase safety and awareness on and around school campuses. School campus two-way radios not only help maintain safety, but also improve coordination between various teachers and faculty that can be very beneficial to a thriving knowledge setting. If you’re school doesn’t utilize school campus two-way radios, the following statistics might open your eyes and re-consider!

  • Two-way radios can be used to contact campus security in the event of an emergency.
  • Campus security can be notified from emergency officials if a threat is currently presented outside or near the campus.
  • Two-way radios are a great way to help organize school events, while also making show everything goes smoothly.
  • Communication between faculty and staff can be done with a simple click of a button. If an emergency is presented, faculty can notify staff without causing wide spread panic by making over-the-air announcements.
  • School campus two-way radios allow for custodial to be alerted in the event of a spill, which can cause slips and falls.

The benefits of school campus two-way radios are endless, but the need for a dependable communication tool amongst the nation’s school campuses is extremely necessary. If your school or the schools your children attend don’t have a proper communication system, consider suggesting school campus two-way radios.

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Add comment April 16th, 2013

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