One of the most valuable things in an emergency is real-time information. You can plan and strategize all you want, but up-to-date information could be the most useful tool you have. For any and all emergency situations you’ll want an emergency radio, and for everything else, you’ll want to check out your options for police scanners.Police and fire departments usually have the most current information during an emergency, and you can tap into their radio to find out what’s going on, from a car crash causing a traffic jam to much more grim scenarios such as house fires.If you like to keep up to date with what’s going on around you, including public safety alerts and traffic reports, you could buy a dedicated police scanner, but those can be expensive. Current police scanners could set you back hundreds of dollars. The better option might be the Scanner Radio app.Scanner Radio, a free app for both Apple and Android gadgets, gives you instant access to 5,300 police and fire department scanners, emergency responder feeds, weather radios and more. And these scanners aren’t just local. If you’re so inclined, you can listen to scanners from all over the country, including amateur feeds, too.
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