I'm new here, so please excuse what might have been covered before: I didn't see any similar subject in the archives. As it happens, I know a lot about two-way communications, but that's not why I'm posting this. What I'm trying to figure out is just who I'm supposed to be communicating with during an event. Some communications are very useful in emergencies: those that tell us which roads are open, or where there is emergency shelter, gas, or food, for example. However, the question is "Which stations will have accurate information which they will share with me"? Broadcasts won't be very helpful during a civil emergency: the stations found out a long time ago that they can't suggest alternate routes in their traffic reports, because so many people would take their advice that, just be making the suggestion, the broadcaster would create a traffic jam. In addition, broadcasters aren't able to point us to food, shelter, or aid; their advice would overload any facility they mention. Not only that, but the government may mandate that all broadcast stations issue blanket denials of any problem, or "remain calm" messages, etc. Next on the list are family and friends, but here again the question is not only "Who has the real dope"?, but (more to the point) "Who has information that will help me"? They may tell you what they think is the truth, but they probably know only what the radio and TV told them, and so that's not likely to help. I'm sorry to ask such vague questions, but I think it's important to talk about this kind of thing before we go out and buy radios that can't put us in touch with someone who has what we'll need in an emergency. So, I'd like to talk about what a "prepper" network would be used for, instead of how to set one up. For every two people with two-way radios, the question isn't "Can they talk to each other?", but rather "Do they have anything to say to each other"?