Link: KnoxNews | No Silence Here.
One of the disaster scenarios that played out with Katrina was the widespread loss of communications. Land lines and cellular links went down, leaving large areas incommunicado. That's caused me to think about my family's plans for communications in case of an emergency.
This is a good overview of the communications options available that you should get before the next disaster.
We have a set of FRS radios we got at BestBuy for three bucks(open box, discontinued) They are great but you have to remember to press before you start speaking so the connection comes together. It would be great if everyone agreed on an emergency channel say 9-11 that could be monitored.