Storms, earthquakes, tornados and other natural disasters can wreak havoc with emergency communications when power is out. Get prepared for these events by having a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards on hand where you live. The National Weather Service has also expanded their network broadcasts to include environmental hazards like chemical spills, and abductions like AMBER alerts>
The special radios can be found at most local drugstores as well as groceries like Kroger. I paid about $25 for one last year.