When Alicia hit Houston, power, water, phones and, gas were out for four days, three nights. A shelf of canned beans, corn, tomatoes and, some vienna sausages were all we had.
Some dry wood we had stashed proved to be like GOLD to heat up some nice canned resource soup. That got us through two days and nights.
An old motorcycle battery out of my Honda kept my little electronic ballast driven flourescent light going two nights. By the third night it was dead.
The generator was under two feet deep of water. So, it was useless.
That third night found us out in the back yard with a fire going with some more dry wood I found out there. We were the only light around. The only people around too.
I picked up two 80 watt solar panels to keep four bigger batteries charged up now. I learned my lesson of how bad you would love to see in the dark and listen to some kind of radio. A 12V TV is a priceless item during a stint like this. So is a good well working pistol if you need it.
We had no idea that power was on over at the city hall in Bellaire. Almost close enough to walk there. But, we had no idea that the flooding was mainly in our area that was cut off from everything. At least we had a tad of Whiskey the last long night in the North end of Bellaire, Texas.