But... Our kids live on the urban, large city edge. Two cars, two jobs, two young kids, etc., and a natural gas fireplace. Their power went out. Prediction was five days. It was out for two. A rather crazy, worrisome, long two days of shuffling work, kids, and trying to come up with a workable solution. House temp dropped to 48º, outside temps 12-16º and strong winds. 157,000 customers without power. We borrowed a 5k generator and lined up an electrician late yesterday, all family ties scattered over fifty miles of poor driving conditions. Power came on before we got the generator to the house. I would never have been on board borrowing a generator without an electrician to hook it up. I know enough to know, you do not want to backfeed the grid as is all too commonly done. One local box store ordered thirty six generators. They said twelve were sold (at $800. each) before they were delivered to the store. We of course have wood heat and enough firewood, but no back up plan for electrical, and therefor no well water. We could melt snow and still use the plumbing, but no drinking water beyond the bladder tank pressure or hot water tank drain spicket. We have natural gas available at the road (350' away) but never hooked up, as we use a ground source heat pump that predated natural gas here. The heat pumps water is supplied by the wells pump. So what electric supply provisions have you made for yourselves to supplement wood burning heat?