When Needle Nicely had the roof come off after Hurricane Wilma and we moved very swiftly to relocate, the electricity was off. However, I still had my old blue rotary dial telephone from eons ago. I plugged it in to our former location and the telephone company could then forward our calls to our new location. However, because of mold issues, I couldn't rescue the phone. After talking with some friends, I discovered that places like Wal-Mart and K-Mart sell those old phones--though these are not rotary style, but rather princess phones.
My husband couldn't believe it when I pulled out of my bag of tricks this Princess-style phone that I purchased in 2005 after Wilma and stashed in the voluminous head board of our bed (my husband has yet to discover this cache, even though this was his bedroom suite when we met!).
I have just plugged it in, because I know we will need it after the latest hurricane status report.