Yelm’s local telephone company conglomerate Fairpoint Communications had this to say in their recent newsletter that is wise counsel:
“Our area has been hit with some major weather in the last couple of months. Weather related emergencies and power outages can wreak havoc on your day to day activities. One technology you can always count on is your land line telephone service from FairPoint Communications. We would like to remind you to always keep a corded telephone for use during power outages as cordless phones will not operate during an outage due to requiring electricity. Also, cellular phones may not work if your cellular provider is relying on the local power grid.
FairPoint Communications’ land lines have their own power supply so will almost always work-just plug in a corded phone to your telephone jack and your lifeline will still be available in an emergency or just to stay connected to family and friends.
During December’s major wind storm and power outage, FairPoint’s telephone lines never failed and our offices were open during regular office hours. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 458-2171.”
Just know you may get a call center in Ellensburg, the Northeast, Missouri or North Carolina! No more customer reps are in Yelm except to take your payments.