We all like to be “in the know”. Sometimes we over look the most important things, our backyard! As we live are lives and go about our day we forget the dangers that lurk all around us. We prepare for large scale life changing events when we are more likely to face a local threat.
We all drive on roads, cross railroad tracks and pass by large Industrial centers all the time. Do you ever think what’s being hauled down your street or on the tracks behind your house? What does that factory make over there? These are questions that need answered. How does this relate to communications you ask? Well all of these Industries use comms on a daily basis to move there products. If you can monitor these comms, you can keep a ear on these potential hazards. With a little research you can find what frequencies are being used. You can use Internet resources to find this out or better, you can search and discover what frequencies they are using. Most of the time factory radio traffic is stale and uneventful but when something happens it can be a wealth of information. Recently, a local factory that produces fertilizer had a major fire. The event caused many local homes to be evacuated and roads to be closed. This hazmat incident was a major disruption to local life. If you could monitor the factory radio traffic, you can stay on top of the situation with unfiltered intel. At some point you could be told to evacuate your home. Most of the time this is a time sensitive operation and you must leave immediately. If you can monitor the communications you would know the order was coming, you could get your bug out gear ready. Stay one step ahead, it’s our best asset. Remember, listening is much more important then talking! Many things are said over the radio that do not get reported. Small details can give you clues as to what’s really happening. Railroad tracks are everywhere, you see them everyday. Trains carry all sorts of nasty things you wouldn’t want in your drinking water supply. If there was a rail incident, the first call for help will be over their own channels. So we have factory, rail, landmoblie and air frequencies to track! Use those 500 channel scanners and load up! You can put these things in a specific bank and they will be easier to manage. Think this stuff doesn’t happen? Think again. Start to find these frequencies now. When the time comes you don’t want to be scrambling to load your radio. Maybe you can take one of those old scanners and load it up with important channels and keep it with your bug out bag? Use all your resources.