According to Consumer Reports, some quality emergency radio brands include the Eton American Red Cross Solar Link FR600, the Kikkerland Dynamo Solar Crank Radio, the Jensen Portable Weather Band Radio and the Swiss Tech BodyGard Survivor. These radios carry the public alert and NOAA weather All Hazards logo.
The Eton American Red Cross Solar Link FR600 is a radio with the capabilities of a flashlight, a clock and a cell charger. It can be powered using a crank, batteries or solar energy. The Kikkerland Dynamo Solar Crank Radio is a radio with a weather band. The Jensen Portable Weather Band Radio features an AM/FM receiver and a LED flashlight. The Swiss Tech BodyGard Survivor has capabilities of a compass, LED flashlight, cell phone charger and MP3 player. Apart from these, other radios are available that can pick up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts.
In the United States, the NOAA weather radio nationwide network recommends that people use emergency radios with receivers that carry the public alert and the NOAA weather radio All Hazards logo. The National Weather Service broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information all through the day. Devices with the All Hazards logo have been assessed for performance capabilities and user friendliness.
Emergency situations can strike without warning, but having an emergency weather radio provides an indispensable lifeline during a catastrophe, when the power is cut and batteries are not available.