Tropical Storm Lee just went through and we were without power for 30 hours. Not a lot compared to what others have been through, but it's the most I've had to endure since childhood when I thought 3 days without electricity was exciting. I remember my mother melting snow/ice on the gas stove and also cooking for our large family--plus some reform school girls whose bus got stuck in the snow. (But once the volunteer firefighters who came out to rescue the girls got stuck too, my mom was not happy with the "shenanigans" going on.)
But nowadays, a gas stove is no use when the electricity's out because you can't start it. Sitting in the dark unable to do anything at all without electricity and thinking of the food going bad in the refrigerator/freezer had me wondering what in the world the average suburban/city homeowner could do without electricty. We do have a gas grill that I assume would have worked, but we never tried it, seeing that it never stopped raining the entire time.
All we ate at home was cereal with milk then later on raisin bread with peanut butter and bananas. Wished there was a way to boil water as that would have opened up a few more options.
Just wondering if you have any ideas/thoughts/suggestions. We do not live on a farm or in the woods, so telling me to dig a cellar or build a fire will not be helpful. Raising cattle, pigs, chickens, and planting an orchard are also not options.