In this article I’m going to be talking about the importance of traditional corded telephones when it comes to prepping. If you’re like many people, you may not have a traditional landline phone service at your home. Most people have long since moved past them and are strictly using cell phones or cordless phones these days. Many have given up landline phones altogether and simply use their cell phone as their main source of communication.
I have to admit that we don’t have many corded telephones in our house either but we do have a couple and in a minute I’m going to tell you why you should too.
If you’re a prepper, you’re most likely preparing for a day when civilization will break down due to a major natural disaster or a number of other reasons. I’ll admit that this is the case for our family as well but preppers should be thinking about more than just end-of-days scenarios when it comes to preparing for emergencies.
The odds of minor emergencies popping up are much greater than major natural disasters that result in a total breakdown of civilized society. This means that good preppers should be preparing for those types of minor emergencies as well.
For example, one of the most common things that can happen is for the power to go out. If you are depending upon a cordless telephone for your communication needs, when the power goes out so does your ability to communicate with the outside world. Many people don’t realize that if the power goes out, their cordless phone won’t work. Some models have a backup battery in them so they’ll work for a while if the power goes out but once this backup battery dies, so does your ability to make calls with your cordless phone.
If your cell phone has a fully charged battery, you may be able to use it for a while but if the power is out for an extended period of time and you need to use your phone for very long, it won’t be of much use to you once the battery is depleted.
Every Prepper Should Have a Corded Emergency Phone in Their Home
One thing that you might not realize is that the telephone lines that are running into your house have a tiny amount of electricity in them. Not enough to power your TV or electric furnace but just enough to power a corded telephone.
If the power goes out at your house, and you have a landline telephone that plugs into a wall jack, you’ll be able to make phone calls which could be extremely important during an emergency. When the power goes out, it’s an inconvenience but if you don’t have an emergency backup generator, it could be life-threatening for many people. For example, if you have a medical condition that requires medical devices such as oxygen generators and the power goes out, you stand a good chance of not being able to get the oxygen that you need to breathe. If you live in a home that only has an electric furnace and you have no other way of keeping warm during the subfreezing temperatures of winter, you won’t have any way of calling for help if all you have is a cordless phone.
Don’t Forget to Purchase an Extra Long Phone Cord
One of the reasons that most people have switched from their old landlines to cell phones is that they are tired of being tied to a 6 foot cord or having to stay inside their house when they are talking on the phone. Keeping in mind that there may come a time when you’ll need to rely on your corded emergency telephone, I suggest that you buy a 50 or even a 100 foot phone cord and stash it back so that if you ever have to rely on this old technology for an extended period of time, you can use your phone in multiple rooms. You can store it away so that if you do have to use it, you’ll always have access to it. Sure, it might be a little bit of an inconvenience to stretch a really long cord wherever you want to go but at least you’ll be able to use your phone in other areas of your home.
Keep a Corded Landline Phone Plugged in at All Times
I happen to think that it’s a very good idea to keep at least one corded telephone plugged in at all times. After all, you never know when the power is going to go out and I believe that it’s a good idea to have one of these phones plugged in and ready to use at a moments notice. It won’t do you much good if you have to go searching though storage boxes is you need to call for emergency help.
Many of us preppers have backup generators that we use when the power goes out but if the power is out for an extended period of time and you happen to burn through all of your gasoline, it would be nice to be able to have some form of communication through the use of a land line telephone.
I’ll be the first to admit that there’s no guarantee that the telephone system will remain functional during a major natural disaster but it’s better to be prepared in the event that the telephone services do stay up than to have a house full of cordless phones that are of no use to you because you don’t have any electricity.