Jeff has kept his landline because his dad taught him to keep it in case of emergencies and natural disasters. Leo agrees but says phone companies are now relying on internet service for a lot of their service. They're even cutting the copper phone lines so they don't have to maintain them anymore. That's where HAM radio operators come in hand during a disaster. But he can still get universal lifeline service for under $10/month, and it's Real 911. Make sure it's powered by the central office. If not, the next best bet is to get a good cell carrier, in this order - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Jeff can get e911 for times when there's no power.