If a mega-earthquake or an emergency situation hits, there's a good chance I will be at work while my family is at home. If the disaster is severe enough to take out cell towers and our cell phones are rendered useless, I've been trying to think of the best way to communicate to my wife at home. There's the option of a satellite phone, but my research shows that it would be too expensive for me. I work in Salem and live in Tualatin, OR, which is about 36 miles. It's a pretty straight, clear shot on the I-5 without much mountains or hills in between. What's the best option that you experienced guys would recommend? I don't know anything about radios. I'm guessing 36 miles is to too far for something like a two way radios to work? Also if possible, can you guys recommend a specific device? It would help cut down on research time on something I know very little about. Maybe an Amazon link to specific devices you guys trust & like? I also realize that maybe I'll have to settle for something like a BaoFeng two way radio and know that I won't get any reception until I'm maybe 5 miles from my home since that's better than nothing. Any suggestion in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your answers.