Yep. Check foundations, make sure the house hasn’t shifted off any post-style foundations (we pretty much ONLY do slab-style in CA). Carefully sniff around all gas lines, to make sure there’s no leaks. Be careful opening storage closets and the like, as things may have shifted to the point it’s like the classic comedy sketch with everything falling out..
My advice is to get a prepaid cellphone, if you’re not planning on using it on a daily basis. They’re a lot cheaper, though you usually have to pay a small fee to ‘maintain’ your account. It’s always good to have on hand for emergencies, though.
When you get one, make sure your address book has a listing for ‘ICE’ or ‘Emergency’, which should be someone who is enormously capable should you be, say, injured badly and the EMTs have to figure out who to notify. Also see if your local 911 dispatch has a dedicated cell number, and put that in. Don’t *call* it, mind you, but often times if you dial 911 from a cell, you wind up getting the local sherriff’s dispatcher rather than your local.
Beyond that.. you can probably just go to the local cell place and say “I want the most basic, bog-standard, easy to use phone you got, with the simplest, cheapest plan you offer”, and see if you like what they have.
Of course, if you want a REALLY simple phone, I reccomend John’s Phone. It doesn’t do texts, though. http://www.johnsphones.com/