“Staying Connected,” Ensign, Oct. 2004, 65
In some emergency situations, a corded phone in the home may be your most effective method of communication. Why? Cordless phones and cell phones are handy, but they may not be fully charged and ready to use should a power outage occur. Any battery backups are used primarily to maintain the phone’s time, date, and messaging features, leaving the base units unable to operate without household current. Corded phones, however, often will operate when the power is out because phone lines are still functioning. In more severe emergencies when the lines are jammed, equipment such as amateur radios may be needed. But for most power outages, having at least one inexpensive corded phone in the home will help keep the lines of communication open for you.
Karl Jensen, Imperial First Ward, Salt Lake Highland Stake