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Why a Megaphone Is Essential to Your Disaster Kit

A THUN-1200 megaphone is set beside a first aid kit as part of a disaster kit.

You don’t have to be a doomsday prepper to understand the value of a good disaster kit. Whether you’re in an area that’s prone to dangerous weather, fires, or other extreme acts of nature, you may already have one assembled. Even if you don’t, read on to learn why we think you should add a megaphone to that survival kit, and which models are ideal. First, let’s do a quick review of the other items you’ll want to make sure to include.

Don’t Forget the Basics

All disaster kits should contain plenty of water (one gallon per person per day) and food (several days’ worth of nonperishables), according to Ready.gov. As for other essentials, FEMA has you covered. Their outline for a basic disaster kit includes flashlights, batteries, first aid, dust masks, plastic sheeting, wrenches and pliers, a manual can opener, and local maps. 

So what about communication? It probably won’t come as a surprise that Ready.gov recommends having a cellphone, preferably with a backup battery. The same goes for a whistle that you can use to signal for help. In our opinion, though, a megaphone would be more reliable than both of these combined. 

Here’s why.

1. Cellphones Can Be Unreliable

Whether we’re talking about older “brick” phones, or the latest smart devices, mobile phones aren’t the most reliable options in an extreme emergency. Cell towers can get overwhelmed when too many users try to connect, which can end up dropping or denying a lot of calls. Plus, if the disaster damages that tower, you’ll be left without any reception.

2. Whistles Are Loud, but Megaphones Are Versatile

We’d like to clarify that we aren’t discouraging you from using whistles. You may already own one that easily competes with the decibel level and range of a megaphone. But whistles only make one sound, and megaphones can carry your voice, so you be the judge of which one is more versatile when you need to get people’s attention for help.

Honorable Mention: Handheld Two-Way Radios

FEMA also mentions having either a battery-powered or hand crank radio. Our friends over at Discount Two-Way Radio would certainly agree. If you want the most durable, cost-effective models on the market, make sure to ask them about RCA.

Which Megaphones Are Ideal

If you’re looking for the best megaphones for your emergency kit, you want models that are easy to carry, and that offer the farthest range, clearest sound quality, and longest battery life. Our top two recommendations are the THUN-450 and THUN-1200.

Operating at 35 watts of power and effective up to 1400 yards, THUN-450s offer voice amplification up to 108 decibels (dB) and sirens at 120 dB. They’re normally recommended for political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations.

Rocking 45 watts of power and effective up to 2000 yards, THUN-1200s (AKA “Earthquake Makers”) easily reach 112 dB for voice and 122 dB for sirens. They’re normally recommended for military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.

Business, or Personal Use?

We suggest the loudest megaphones because we assume you’ll want to be heard as far away as possible, but there are also less powerful options that are just as durable and reliable, depending on the needs of your situation. Whether you’re ordering these models on behalf of a business or for personal use, all ThunderPower megaphones guarantee that your voice will be heard. And, if you’re part of an on-the-ground relief effort instead of those seeking aid, we have options that are ideal for coordinating emergency response.

Are You Prepared?

Don’t risk being caught unprepared without a proper disaster kit. As the saying goes, it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Take a look at some of the megaphone models that are currently in stock and available to ship as soon as today, then let us know if you have any questions. 

Looking for additional resources? The Red Cross has a helpful quiz to test your emergency preparedness, and Discount Two-Way Radio offers the most powerful commercial radios on the market.

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Why Is Fall a Great Time To Buy a Megaphone?

Students in blue school colors celebrate on the sidelines at a sports event.

It’s almost fall, and you know what that means. School’s back in session, and football is kicking into high gear. Here’s one thing they have in common: the need for powerful megaphones. In fact, there are a lot of seasonal events where these devices are essential for maintaining an effective communications network. Check out our full list below to learn why now is a great time to buy a megaphone.

Venues That Are Perfect for Megaphones

It only seems fair that we start with the two we already mentioned.

Football and Cheerleading. As excited and loud as crowds often get to show their team spirit on game day, it’s no surprise when we get a call from a cheerleader who wants to buy a megaphone. These devices have played a key role on the sidelines for a long time. How far back, you ask? Cheerleaders at the University of Michigan claim that their squad was the first to incorporate acoustic megaphones in 1898!

School. Public schools are still adjusting to in-person teaching since the COVID-19 pandemic. That, coupled with safety concerns and large numbers of students, means that it’s important to have the right communications equipment to stay organized and keep everyone safe. Whether it’s relaying information down a crowded hallway in between class, delivering news to a full auditorium, or walking students through safety drills, you want to buy a megaphone that will guarantee your voice is heard. Similar to football, megaphones come in handy for school-related sporting events like track and field, rowing, swimming, and more.

Did You Know? School systems can apply ESSER funds toward new communications equipment, including megaphones and two-way radios.

Outdoor Festivals and Parking. Outdoor festivals are more common in the fall as the temperatures ease and the leaves start to change. They often require coordinated parking and announcers for special attractions that may take place across festival grounds. Megaphones are ideal for organizers because of how convenient and portable they are, thanks to long-lasting batteries, or — in the case of our heftiest model, the THUN-1200 — a car adaptor cable.

Theme Parks and Carnivals. Falling somewhere between sporting events and festivals, theme parks and carnivals are also great for seasonal entertainment. While many of them rely on powerful PA systems to alert visitors to important information, megaphones are still vital for crowd control.

So You Want To Buy a Megaphone — But Which One Should You Choose?

Megaphones come in a variety of models, each developed for a specific range of activity. Here’s what you can expect from those under the ThunderPower brand.

THUN-150: 15 watts of power and effective up to 600 yards, with voice amplification up to 98 decibels (dB) and siren at 112 dB. These are recommended for teachers, parade operators, event organizers, and tour groups.

THUN-120: 15 watts of power and effective up to 800 yards, with voice amplification up to 100 dB and siren at 112 dB. These are recommended for coaching, theater productions, school pickup and dropoff lots, as well as campus crowd control.

THUN-250: 25 watts of power and effective up to 1200 yards, with voice amplification up to 102 dB and siren at 118 dB. These are recommended for law enforcement.

THUN-450: 35 watts of power and effective up to 1400 yards, with voice amplification up to 108 dB and siren at 120 dB. These are recommended for political rallies, outdoor festivals, and religious congregations.

THUN-1200: a whopping 45 watts of power and effective up to 2000 yards, with a voice amplification up to 112 dB and siren at 122 dB. These are recommended for military training, firefighters, security, and massive gatherings.

Ready To Buy a Megaphone? Tell Us Which Ones You Need!

Give us a call today to talk immediately with one of our award-winning customer support representatives. Many of our models are currently in stock and available, and those that aren’t will ship quickly upon order.