A large motivator for me to finally get my license was to have access to a solid means of communication that wouldn't (likely) be flooded like I know cell towers are during emergencies. They also work if there's no power, at least for simplex. However, I have a relatively limited set up currently with upgrades beginning to seem a bit further off into the future for me. Short of simply relying on simplex, what are some other tips that I don't know about, or should know about for such situations? Before the comments about ARES and RACES, I have looked into my local groups for that, and when I feel I have a better, more reliable setup I intend to join!