How to communicate during a SHTF situation.


From personal experience, I’ve been in a situation where we experienced an earthquake on the East Coast in 2011, and all the cell phone communications went offline. I was living about 250 miles from the epicenter of the quake, but the shockwaves damaged a main node for our cell carrier’s services. This was a rough situation as I wasn’t able to communicate home to see whether my family was alright. If the cell carrier wasn’t having issues, I would of been able to get in touch with home. There have been other situations (i.e. Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Earthquakes) where being a licensed, Amateur (HAM) operator would come into play.

If you aren’t familiar with either ARES or RACES, you probably aren’t an Amateur Radio Operator. These two organizations allow for Amateur Radio Operators to communicate with other licensed operators during times of crisis or emergencies. RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) are generally a group of licensed HAM (Amateur) operators whom work with the local EOC (Emergency Operation Center) to communicate with others to gather information and to relay it as well. They will usually work with the Emergency Coordinator to work DX and gather neccessary data. During Hurricane Katrina, there were a lot of Amateur Operators relaying necessary information to the EOC; to coordinate aid, search and rescue, and recovery.

ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Services group, are a group of Amateur Radio operators whom on a volunteer basis, communicate during urgent or emergent times. They primarily run the same as RACES, and are backed by ARRL. ARRL stands for the Amateur Radio Relay League, which plays a big role in helping people get licensed. ARES is a membership based program through ARRL, and you must go through training before being allowed to join ARES. They generally have an Emergency Coordinator, for which you’ve got to contact.

If you aren’t interested in becoming a “HAM” or Amateur Radio Operator, you can always get a set of FRS/GMRS radios and get a GMRS license through the FCC. Most GMRS/FRS radios are limited in range, due to the lack of sight between each handheld. These will work in a pinch to communicate with your group, especially during an amergency situation.

If you still have access to your data package through your phone carrier, another program to use would be Zello. Zello is a PTT (Push-to-Talk) walkie talkie system that is available on the iOS, Android, and PC platforms. You are able to create your own private channel and share it with those on a need to know basis. This allows you to communicate in a group setting, and reach other members of your group and public within seconds.

Communicating during a SHTF moment is essential and needs to be taken seriously. Without communication, you’re either going to be limited in contact with your group or they are still lost in translation. Communication is a key so everyday preparedness and survival, especially in a SHTF moment.

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Drakes Auto Repair, AuSable Forks, New York, Hurricane Irene, Flooding,


Greetings and Salutations,

If you’ve stumbled across, it means you’re either looking for material on emergency preparedness or you’ve taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque.  If you’re worried about not being prepared enough for a natural disaster (Hurricane, Tornado, Blizzard, Flooding, Ice Storm, etc.) or a man-made event (Riot, Biochemical Attack, Terrorist Attack) – you’ve come to the right place to learn different techniques or skills to survive.

The photo above in this introductory post was taken in 2011 by Pat Bradley of  This was near Drake’s Auto Repair in AuSable Forks, New York which is situated near the AuSable River.  The photo depicts the height of the flood waters that surged through when Hurricane Irene came into the region.

With this site, our main goal is to provide detailed guides to help prepare you for any disastrous event that occurs.  We will have guides that will incorporate emergency communications, first aid, bush crafting (if you’re lost in the woods or need to survive in the wilderness), shelter creation, foraging for food or supplies, and other topics of necessity.

We will be updating the site with new content, so stay tuned!