In 2007 a neighbor's tree limb came down and took out the power to our house and cost us about $1,000 to repair.
Remco came out in a timely manner and did the work. Then the inspector came out and said it was attached too close to our second story windows and the electrician had to come back and redo the work (he had put it back up exactly the way it had been originally so I guess not really his fault, I don't know if this is a new rule, but I suspect it is because it wasn't inspected after the 2007 incident). Then Ameren took their time to restore power and Comcast didn't make it out until the next afternoon, but it made think about all the people without power recently due to adverse weather (this did not happen during a storm or anything, just a little rain overnight with no high winds) and the people who spend their lives restoring power.
Vegan Unplugged. It is a fabulous resource for feeding oneself without power and has great tips for emergency preparedness (for anyone, not just vegans). Luckily, we didn't loose anything in our refrigerator or freezers during the power outage. When it become clear that our power would be out for a prolonged period of time, our neighbors set up an extension cord for us to tap into our power. We are lucky the property with the tree is now owned by our fabulous neighbors Margie and Rick (who even offered to pay for the repairs) who have already had an arborist come out to figure out how to deal with the tree. We didn't get to try out any of the recipes in Vegan Unplugged. We all went out to eat downtown since it was an early dismissal from Parker's school and Rob already had lunch plans with friends, but I did stock up on supplies and I'll be reviewing some of the recipes soon.