As one of the above posters suggested I've begun to actually listen and note what AM stations are in my area. It's a real eye opener considering I've never really used AM/FM before. I live on my iPhone. Radio lost the battle for a slot in my day a long time ago.
Water/Weatherproofness? How sensitive are these pieces of equipment? How much of a beating can they take? Should water and wind be a concern when looking at a potential purchase? I'd really like to hear from the guys in NO on this one.
Second question, with a disclaimer, that I'm a complete novice who admits upfront that he knows nothing about this topic. If I make an ass out of myself here? I'm cool with it.
You guys know the large walkie talkie's the Police/Fire/EMT's use? They have a thousand buttons on them? Where do they fall in terms of emergency radio's? Do they have AM/FM/SW on them as well? Obviously they can communicate out. They certainly have portability and, I'd assume, they can take a fair amount to punishment as well.
What about something like that along with a super long running AM/FM/SW radio to fall back on?