I'm remodeling the basement (walkout) and have the opportunity to wire in an auxillary box for an external emergency generator. I picked up a 7500 watt box with 6-8 circuits to be wired in to the house's fuse box with an external plug outside. It's a fail safe system to avoid putting power into the grid. The circuits I plan on running are the furnace (gas, for a 1500 sq. ft. home.) basement (with beer fridge, bedroom, microwave, computer, bedroom, bathroom) and kitchen upstairs. My thought is that the basement would be the place to stay if major SHTF, meaning here, tornado, or ice/snow storm, or zombies, if something happens in the summer (Nebraska), the basement would be the logical place to be for temperature Flooding would not be an issue unless Noah started hanging flyers on my door. I realize that not all of these circuits will be running at full capacity, and I'll have to be mindful of running certain things at certain times. My current generator, a 5K will need to be replaced due to no 220v connection, just four 120 outlets. I found a Rigid (home depot) generator for just under $1K with output of 6800 watts with a Yamaha engine that may be the replacement generator. I don't want a perminent generator and realize that fuel may be an issue, but I'll overcome that with planning. Ok, what am I missing?