A generator! Wow, found out how ill-prepared I was when this past storm hit. After this experience, I encourage anyone who can to get themselves a little disaster kit. The Wal Mart near where I stayed ran out of batteries. The Bass Pro shop ran out of just about anything battery powered. When they come back in stock (and I have money), I'm getting battery powered fans, lots of batteries, water, water, water (they ran out of that too), camping stove, canned food and a generator. This was "just" a storm - can't imagine if we had a national disasater. Our area did get the distinction of "disaster area" - I have no idea what that means.