What if All Standard Communication Stops Working?


It’s a nightmare – the internet, satellite, TV, and cell phone service are done. How can you communicate? Find out in this post!

Have you ever thought how you made it through life before cell phones or the Internet? Take it one step further – what would life be like without TV?

That actually happened when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in October 2012.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of ways to communicate when cell towers and the internet are inaccessible.

Solution 1: Yes, You Can Still Use Your Smartphone

Pensa makes a device called GoTenna. No cell towers, routers, or satellite communications needed.

Your smartphone (Android or iOS) simply sends a Bluetooth signal to GoTenna. GoTenna then converts the signal to an analog radio signal, which can only be received by other GoTenna users.

View it as a replacement for a CB radio, or walkie-talkie. It’s cheaper and even less bulky than walkie-talkies.

Solution 2: HAM (Amateur) Radio

You may not have heard about HAM radio. But, it’s got an underground following that hundreds and thousands of Americans participate in.

Plus, it’s used by the military and many search and rescue groups. Many ham radios are able to communicate with National Weather System frequencies (NOAA). If you have a scanner, you can search through all the frequencies you want, until you find one with someone transmitting. You yourself can’t transmit on these frequencies, but if there is a natural disaster or other catastrophe in your area, you’ll be able to get all the information you need to make it through.

A couple useful frequencies:

  • 90 – Used across the entire nation by the National Guard in emergency situations
  • 46 – State and local police use this frequency to communicate with each other during emergencies

If you want to transmit on any frequency, you need to get a license from the FCC, or they’ll go after you. However, you may not care about that during a catastrophe.

HAM radios have great range and are widely used, so they’re good for staying informed.

Solution 3: CB Radio

CB radios may be the best way to communicate with neighbors or other people in your family. They have a range of 1-10 miles, depending on the layout of the land in your area.

The con is that you won’t get much information on the catastrophe in your area. Almost no one communicates on them, except for truckers.

Solution 4: Walkie Talkies

Don’t believe the hype that you see with walkie talkies! They’ll advertise absurdly long ranges – 100 or even 1000 miles.

Those ranges do work, but only under ideal conditions. For example, you’re on top of a skyscraper, and are communicating with someone in a valley, with absolutely no obstacles in the way.

In most urban environments, walkie talkies have a range of 2 miles max, despite whatever they advertise.

Now you know how to communicate with your loved ones and friends, and the outside world, regardless of the disaster that happens.