I have a similar monitoring and professional background, but I live in the City of Los Angeles. LAPD dispatch channels are just too busy with (mostly) low grad calls. I've found monitoring the TAC, METRO and SWAT channels to be far more productive for situational awareness.If your local police district or Zone or Precinct that you live in is not encrypted always have a radio sitting on police dispatch and it will be the best situational awareness available.
Of course, as a newsman if the TSHTF, for real, I had a well stocked, including licensed to carry firearm and extra ammo and medication go bag in my trunk LOL. I still do even though I'm retired.I scan my local PD almost exclusively. But if TSHTF for real, I will be listening to NIFOG mutual aid, CB, GMRS etc just as intently.
For home: local police and fireDoes anyone else find radios useful for situational awareness?
If so, what do listen to and how do you do it? Are there any specifics that you would recommend?