For many scanner enthusiasts like myself, a
police scanner is one of the most valuable tools we can have
nearby when disaster strikes! Why? Because critical and timely
information is key in the aftermath of any major emergency,
disaster, or other "large-scale" event.
experience, the only sure way to get timely up-to-date and
critical information after a disaster is by monitoring a police
scanner. Television and radio broadcast information is not a
viable option as information via those sources is often delayed,
sketchy, or unconfirmed at best.
This section will help you
prepare for major emergencies by providing information on what you
need to know including how to get your police scanner ready for
Beyond Emergency Disasters
Besides emergency disasters, a police scanner
can be a valuable source of information during other
life-threatening situations. How? Well, everyday in neighborhoods
across America, police and fire personnel respond to tens-
of-thousands of calls for assistance. The majority of those calls
for service are minor in nature, meaning there is no immediate
danger to the public at large.
On the flip side, there are those
calls that do pose a serious threat to life and/or property. These
"small-scale events" range anywhere from power outages
to dangerous police situations including high-speed pursuits,
suspect foot chases, neighborhood lock-downs for an outstanding
suspect search ("suspect containments"), barricaded
suspects, hostage situations, or even worse, an armed suspect on a
The Bottom Line: Information is key!
By monitoring emergency radio communications in
your local area, you will get important information in
"real-time" as events unfold around you. Armed with this
information, you can take any necessary action to protect you and
your family and even avoid unseen dangers before itís too late! Over
the years, there have been many situations where my police scanner
has been without a doubt, my most valuable possession - even
saving a life or two along the way.
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