Well, I'll respond to myself.
I've purchased a set of Midland 900 series FRS/GMRS radios. They are 5w radios and over flat terrain and water have the ability to reach 30 miles. In my mountainous terrain, I expect 2-3 miles range.
Additionally, a SAR friend is providing a pair of high powered Motorola UHF mil-spec radio's that should far exceed my range expectations, but I'll need to obtain a HAM license to operate them legally.