This might take things off course. I've had a few emergency experiences, so I'll share some thoughts. Typically people don't really think things through. If you are with other Hams, amateur radio works. But if you need to communicate with non-Hams, then Ham radio can become a challenge and practically useless. So consider the logistics
If you really want/need emergency communication to get yourself out of trouble, consider SPOT or an EPIRB.
If I'm out and about and need to make an emergency mayday, I'm transmitting on air bands. If I'm not going to use SPOT or air bands, next is HF. Might want to consider FRS and CB too, in some areas it is more popular.
I also carry aerial flares.
If I'm in civilization, I'd use the Internet. The Internet was created for emergency communication.
The nice thing about APRS is that non-HAM's can benefit from the usage as recipients. I like beaconing on my road trips to let friends/family know where I'm at and when I'll be at their home. Also nice to keep track of the kids. Or use it to keep track of people on a drive or hike.
I like Ham & APRS for when Internet and cell phones aren't available.
What it really needs to come down to is this: What is going to be more fun? APRS is fun, and non-Hams can be involved. Check out APRSPoint. Or have a Ham operator send you a APRS text message to your cell phone. APRS is far more fun than 220 or D-Star.