Your city is in chaos. Yesterday you made the decision to leave the packed environs of the metropolis and to bug-out to your basecamp retreat in the country. In our Basecamp Essential #10, you packed up your Eberlestock G4 Operator Pack with food and supplies to get you to your basecamp. Now you’re headed out of town. On the way you want to make contact with your family members. Your mother in the suburbs and your son at college are already clued in to your evacuation plan, but with cell service overloaded in the city, you haven’t been able to get through. What to do? You need a better form of communication that will be more resilient to localized disasters.
Number 9 on our countdown of Bug-Out Basecamp Essentials is the Iridium 9575 Extreme. The Iridium is a satellite phone, with pole-to-pole (as in North Pole to South Pole) coverage that you can trust. Iridium has real time GPS tracking and can even be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. That could come in handy if you have installed some webcams at your basecamp to make sure no one has gotten there before you. Best of all, the Iridium is the first military grade 810F compliant phone. That means durability; dust proof, water resistant, and shock resistant. At least one of these Iridium phones should be part of every family’s disaster preparedness plan.