I just heard from my school district that because our local utility hasn't maintained their lines for years and have a policy now of cutting power if winds are high enough, that the school (and we by extension) have to prepare for county-wide outages lasting upwards of 3-5 days at a time!
I love the fact that I don't live in California.
Some basic camping gear (propane stove, candle lanterns, bic lighter, etc.) and a nice portable, folding solar panel for charging cellphones/laptop are always handy.
@kyle this is why I see the us a a third world country (network infrastructure-wise at least)