Right before Christmas one year, we had a big storm and the power was out at our condo for SEVEN DAYS. What made it even more frustrating is that everyone AROUND us had power -- even the other side of the condo complex. My daughter was home from school visiting to boot. Thank goodness I had a fireplace; we stayed warm and I got out the big spaghetti pot and rigged up a way to have boiled water going on the fire constantly for coffee, kitchen sink baths, dish washing, etc. Me, her, Mable the Bulldog, Lucy and Sushi (cats) all slept together on a big queen size blow up bed in front of the fireplace. I cheerfully told my daughter, "Hey, it's like playing "Pioneer"!" Thank goodness Rhiannon was born in the modern era; she is NO PIONEER. Had she been Laura Ingalls, "Pa" would quickly tired of her constant kvetching and would have shot her and buried her out behind the chicken coop.
My thoughts are with those suffering horrible losses....it's heartbreaking.