Years back , I used to live in Maine , that state has a low population and not very good infrastructure . Everybody understood that during the winter months , the power was going to be knocked out ………….you could depend on it , in the cities , power was restored within a week , if you were rural , it could take a month ………either way it was just a part of life , and you adapted . People that live in those states are better prepared for that kind of thing than people in places like Arizona , where things are modern and everything by in large works . They freak out if the power goes out for a few hours . All the stuff that we enjoy and that make our life easier , can be done without if we had to . But you do need to know how to deal with that , and have alternatives .