I have always been a fan of backup gennys. I have a small(5.5kW) genset and the parts to build one powered by a water wheel off the creek on our property or off the well pump itself. When I was in Alabama, I had a 10kW natgas genset with a custom muffler. There are plans out there on how to build one with an old car alternator, lawn mower, and inverter.
With the shut-down of coal-fired plants by the EPA, this winter will prove interesting.
Never challenge a man who has nothing left to lose.