It's amazing how dependent we can become as far as the power grid. I have a manufactured home that is built total electric. Last night a car hit a utility pole and I lost power for a few hours. I have changed a few things over the years. I have a wood stove in the kitchen for heat and cooking but to fire it up during summer months would drive me out of the house, and for fixing a meal on it would not be cost effective. I do have a transistor radio for entertainment, and kerosene lamps for light. I have just recently set up rain barrels for water, and now waiting for my berkey purifier to be shipped to me. Boiling water for purification kind of sucks, and is time consuming. I thought of making myself a cup of tea before I realized my stove wouldn't work. I then realized this morning that I have my bushcraft type stoves, both alcohol, and twig, but my mind was in a fog last night and I didn't think. My thoughts also were concerning the food in the fridge, as to how long stuff would last. I'm thinking about keeping a frozen gallon of water where I can transfer food to the ice chest that I haven't used for who knows when, but, then again, my freezer isn't very big. It's amazing what one thinks of when emergency needs arise.