In any sort of emergency some form of communications is vital to allow the citizens of the community to function properly. This is especially important in small communities around the country. Some sort of organized CB operators with well equipped stations could easily make a big difference in emergency situations.
In the final moments of the movie, John hears 2 way radio communication in this otherwise silent bunker. Amateur radio operators are calling out to him for help. (Remember: No high ranking official made it to the shelter.) You see very clearly step one in what would be a long series of events that launches John into unexpected and probably unwanted leadership.
There are various community programs to help people out that are dealing with hardship. These programs fall under different names for different states and cities. You can contact your local Public Aid Office, or even the Chamber of Commerce. Some programs range from food pantries, to utility assistance, Goodwill, communication equipment. You just have to do some digging to find them.
The memory is a bit smaller than most people prefer without a card slot and only 5.5 mbs of internal memory. The phone book holds 1000 entries and includes photo call functionality. Each entry has room for a full name, address, email, and 6 phone numbers. The motorola V555 has the capability to recall the last 30 calls (10 missed, 10 dialed, 10 received).
Tools: Cull your tool collection and if you are driving or renting a uhaul, take them in the car or truck with you. Tools are heavy. Besides they'll come in handy at the new location and you won't have to radio communication wait for the movers to unpack everything to find them. And if you are taking a uhaul, be sure to load them last so the tools will be the first to unload.
Stop for the bell ringers. They are there for you and me. In these hard, economic times it's tough to fill those kettles. But, oh, how they need to be filled.