This morning @ app 0600 the power goes out. I am on well water so when there is no power there is no water. Also my house is central heat and air supplied so no real source of heat. Things to keep in mind. 1. The toilet has one good flush in it. Make it count. 2. Dripping rain/sleet water can be captured to make another flush. If you have solids you need to fill almost to the full line. If it is just liquids (my pee stinks) half full (or empty) will work. 3. Toilet paper doesnt have to be flushed. It is hard to convince the wife of this but it is true. Yes it can be nasty but when you have to go outside for water you don't want double flushes. 4. You can never have enough fresh water in gallon jugs. Under no circumstance do you use fresh clean water for flushing. 5. Take two coffee cups and fill them with fresh water for dental purposes. Use one cup to wet the toothbrushes and the other to wash them off after brushing. Pour the second cup over the toothbrush to avoid germ build up. Use leftover water to rinse out your mouth. 6. Play board games with your family before the power goes off. If you don't play board games on a regular basis don't expect to be entertained when there is nothing else to do. 7. Have an alternate source of heat. I currently have two Mr. Heater Tough buddys that are connected to 20lb propane tanks. According to the mfr this should supply me with around 100 hrs of heat. 8. If you plan on using propane bottles make sure they are full before bad weather strikes. You don't want to be standing in line @ the PPX when they run out. 9. Light is your friend. That super duper bright flashlight isn't so great when you forget to charge/replace the batteries. My local walmart sells 60 hr candles for around 3 bucks. Buy a few. One is great. Three is better. 10. Crank up radio/lights are worth their weight in gold. Not knowing what is going on around you doesnt help the situation. It doesn't change the situation other than your moral. Moral can be the difference of living in harmony or stuffing your significant other in the freezer. 11. Leave the fridge door shut!! Know exactly what you are going for and if you have to open it get in and out as quickly as possible. 12. Turn the hot water heater on pilot/vacation. Even on city water there is the possibility of the water being sucked away from your house. The last thing you need is the hot water heater boiling and cracking the inside of the tank. 13. Leave your porchlight on. This may sound stupid but if you leave your porchlight on the Utility company can see if you have power or not. When there is a major outage they work to restore the masses first and then come back for the individual houses. Give them a lil visual indicator as to whether or not you are good to go. 14. When the power starts to come back on if you haven't already unplug your valuable electronics. Many times the power will come on and then go back off. This is not good on items such as PCs and the like. 15. Food. Have plenty. I don't know about you but when there is nothing to do I find myself snacking. 16. Blankets. A good fleece blanket or comforter is great. I will probably add more later and your suggestions are welcome. My wife has been after me to get a wood burning stove and it would have been great to have one but until the $$ situation changes a lil it is not in the cards. If you have one your options for heat obviously are better.