No, I’m not kidding. Let me explain: I visited my parents over the weekend to find that really bad storms had ripped through the area. Our neighbors’ cable line fell, a school zone sign dangled from a nearby streetlight, and my brother recounted how not one, but two trees within blocks from our house had been split completely in half by lightning. On top of all that, the power went out several times over the week.
Every time there’s even the tiniest weather alert you can find me frantically calling home. Typically, I’m met with my mother’s confused voice asking what’s wrong with me, that it’s not even raining. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I’m convinced that one day they’re going to be stuck at home for hours with no power and as a result, no phone. Their cell phones would die eventually, and anyway, the tree-filled neighborhood is already a dead-zone without rampant 50 mile per hour winds.
What many people forget is that clunky corded phone collecting dust in the attic is powered by the telephone line, not electricity. As long as the telephone lines are intact, you’ll be able to make calls even when there’s an outage. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have an emergency phone and you can still incorporate the phone into your decor – one quick Etsy search will prove the corded phone dream is indeed alive and well:
Do you have a corded phone hooked up at home? Tell us what else you keep at home in case of emergencies in the comments below.