Originally Posted by sdwarf36
...much of our town will without power for up to a week...
So do many folks in your area have generators & ways to heat without power? When we lived in NC, we got our roads plowed out last... if they decided to plow them out, and restoring the power was not a priority, we cooked with LP and our main heat was wood (we had an LP heater from an old mobile home as a backup... it rarely came on). If no power for the pump, I could dip water from the spring on our land. We were originally on a spring farther up the hill on USFS land for gravity fed water system but the jerks dynamited the spring to stop the water (we had water rights as long as the water flowed). We were set up for power outages. With all the winter storms up North, I would keep a generator handy. Knowing what I do now, it would be LP (we always had large tanks for LP until we started fulltiming). It just seems to me that far too many up North are unprepared for winter power outages... when it's cold... with icky snow and freezing temps.