The Light Foot Militia recommends that all members obtain a handheld (mobile) HAM Amateur Radio supporting the following frequency range and become familiar with its operation *before* you need it:
VHF:136.000 MHz through 174.000 MHz (Rx/Tx)
UHF:400.000MHz through 480.000 MHz (Rx/Tx)
Optional USB to Radio programming cables for either of the following units allow the use of programming software which makes it easier to program in hundreds of pre-set channels into memory and program multiple radios in a group identically. Additionally, most Mobile HAM radios have detachable antennas which allows the use of larger, full sized and ground mounted full wave antennas for better performance if necessary
There are many low cost *mobile* HAM radio's available in a wide range of prices but we recommend members have at a minimum one of the following. These can be purchased directly from sites such as Amazon.com. Current prices as of 11/01/2016
Baofeng UV-5R Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $26
Baofeng UV-5R+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $30
Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $33
Baofeng BF-8FHP Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 8 Watt Transmit - $64
Baofeng UV-5R Extra original UV-5R battery - $8
Works very well and does everything you need it to.
Long rechargeable battery life (36 hrs)
Easy to clone programing channels
Not water resistant
Optional Antennas can greatly improve transmit and receive range.