In the event of a major weather bomb or some other massive power failure, "they" advise that in your 72-hour kit, you have some form of portable radio. This makes sense for keeping up on local news etc. Most likely, the batteries will be dead just when you need it most. Canadian Tire had a set of 2 short-wave radios on sale for $50 or so, but I'm too cheap for that. My PowerBox 800 has a radio built-in, but it's a bit "large":
So, I picked up a cheap Magnasonic Crank Radio for $10, half price at Crappy Tire. It has an LED flashlight in the end, and can be charged with a 4.5v adapter, or the built-in crank...a nice find. I'm becoming a bit of a "Prepper" aren't I ?