A reminder- any working cell phone even without an active service contract can still call 9-1-1 anywhere it can reach a tower. You don't have to pay a cell phone bill to have a working cell phone on your bedside table (housebreakers have been known to cut phone lines, or take the receiver of the first phone they encounter inside the home off the hook) or with you on your strolls about town.
"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arises not from deficits in the Constitution or Confederation , nor from want of honor and virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." -- John Adams
"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." -- Lord Acton