Ah, the walkie talkie. At some point in our youth, we’ve probably all thought about asking our parents to get us a set (at least for those of us who were around before every 10-year-old had an iPhone 47, or whatever the hell kids have these days). Maybe Mom and Dad listened back then, and one of your childhood Christmas trees was graced with a colorful set of pocket radios underneath it. Or perhaps you got your first set as an adult, to keep in touch with your hunting and fishing buddies. Either way, the walkie talkie has been a fun recreational item for decades. But perhaps it’s time to put away childish things, and consider the value of instant communication in an emergency situation where mobile phones and landline communications are down. What if a crisis hit and you needed to talk with someone a mile or two away? Walkie talkies aren’t perfect, and we’ll talk about that in the pros and cons, but isn’t some communication better than none? You bet it is!