I have been reading through various posts, some of which talk about a "cheap radio that I leave at work, or in the glove box."
Guess what, if you actually need to use a radio at work or in the glove box, you probably want your best unit.
At home, where things are much more organzied, backup power, fancy antennas, etc. you can make due if equipment doesn't perform up to par. In fact, your main goal in an emergency has already been accomplished. You're home!!
Folks always save their best watches and pens for a special occasion. Why? So they can be prestine when they slip them on you, just before dropping you in the ground
Take the rusted screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliars out of the trunk and put your best Snap On, Craftsman or whatever you've got in there. It's 2AM, sleeting like crazy, and you're working with a rusted adjustable wrench from the Dollar Store?? Seriously???
Folks will say, well, "if my cheap radio gets stolen out of my desk, it's not a great loss." Realistically, how many time has a radio been stolen from your desk??? Worst case, a good radio is stolen from your desk. Now you have to tell the Mrs. that you need to replace it and you go buy the latest and greatest. Boo hoo
BTW, money can be hard to come by, but most home owner's and auto policies can have riders applied to cover some of these scenarios.
We had an earthquake here in PA a while back...nope, we couldn't believe it either. But, I had a nice Grundig in my bag and got news ASAP that said it was a quake. Our building is old and we weren't sure what the heck happened. I was thinking under ground gas, because of the indsutrial center we are in.
My goal will always be to get home and shelter in place. And I want the best tools with me to accomplish that goal.