Free cell phones for emergencies

Having a cell phone on your person can be useful to you if there’s an emergency at school involving one of your children. The cell phone is definitely useful if you’re job hunting and hoping a potential employer will call.

It’s important to be able to be notified if there is a sudden illness, if the car won’t start, or if the electricity has gone off. We need to know if a child or grandchild is sick, if a neighbor needs help, or if a planned event has been cancelled. It helps to know when your spouse has locked the car keys inside the car.

My wife and I both have cell phones. When we travel, each brings a cell phone. If we become separated, we use our cell phones to find each other.

I’ve mentioned the valuable uses of a cell phone because I think everyone should have one for use in an emergency. We live in a poor county, and some folks don’t have cell phones. Depending on their incomes, some of these folks may qualify for a free cell phone under a U.S. Government program called “Lifeline.”

Lifeline offers a free cell phone with up to 250 minutes per month to anyone on National School Lunch (free program only), Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8, Health Benefit Coverage under Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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