20 Days to Ready: Consider a Corded Phone (Day 11)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

ASSIGNMENT: Make a Backup Plan For Your Phone

With all the steps you take to make sure you’re ready in case of a power outage — stocking hand-cranked radios and flashlights, for example — preparing for an emergency can seem like a blast from the past. That’s no less true when it comes to your phone.

Traditional landline service often still works when the power goes out, but if you have phone service through your broadband/Internet connection, you may likely be out of luck, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says. So, here are some steps to take to help make sure you’re not relying on a phone that will only work when the power’s on:

  • Identify whether your phone is a traditional landline or a broadband connection (known as VoIP); if you don’t know, ask your service provider.
  • If you have a traditional landline, consider getting a corded phone, the FCC suggests. A cordless model usually relies on electricity to operate and may not work when the power is out.
  • If you don’t have a traditional landline, and you get phone service through your Internet provider, you can still make backup plans. For one, make sure to have a car charger for your cellphone handy; you can use that to power up your cellphone in an emergency. Also, make it a good practice to keep your cellphones charged.

An old-style corded phone is a great piece of emergency equipment to have on hand, and you may even be able to snag a stylish, retro model at a thrift store for added style. (Just make sure it works!)

Click here to follow along with more “20 Days to Ready” emergency preparedness tasks.

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