and what did we learn in this house? The ugly (not catastrophic but very frustrating) 1) young kids lose flashlights assigned to them. 2) young kids leave battery powered lanterns/fans running when they shouldn't 3) My house is not setup for moving air through it naturally 4) It did not take long for the temperature inside the house to hit 89 degrees. 5) Cell service was spotty and at times left us unable to communicate outside of our own 2 way radios (Big hole) 6) My neighbors were largely unprepared for anything - most vacated leaving their homes in a precarious state. 7) Cash. We had it and many of our neighbors didnt. I had heard many of the local stores opened up and were letting one person at a time in with cash only sales. Had we needed something and not had cash, we would have been forced to barter at a disadvantage or drive 20+ miles to an area with an ATM and power. The good/bad - The generator did its job, but not having a generator big enough to run our A/C was an issue. It was put in and setup for the cold winter outages. Looking to re-order some finances - All of the solar rechargers were great. Need to get a few more so every member of my family has one. - Water was not an issue, we didnt lose it nor tap into supplies - Seafoam brought new life to a 5 gallon can of gas I forgot to put Stabil in a year ago. I don't know the shelf life of it, but I will have more of that in the future. Seriously good trade potential. - Sleeping with my pistol plus having my headlamp loosely around my neck became 2nd nature in a hurry. - Food - Not having to get involved in the panic at our local stores the next day was tremendous. Instead we leisurely strolled down after about day 4 when most peoples power had begun to be restored and an experience like any other day shopping. In any case, it was eye opening to be in this kind of heat without power for nearly an entire week. While there are things that I will change going forward, we were in a good position had we been forced to continue living this way. Many thanks to all of you out here for the sage advice and sharing of your experiences. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!