Wow, I didn't realize you all got hit so hard. A few years ago we had a week without power in the winter. Lots of iced trees that fell all over the state. My hunting buddie across the street had a generator and I strung a power cord across the street. CArs drove over it, but it hung in there. Pulled the circuit breaker to the main electric line to the house to disconnect it to the grid in cse it should kick on, and plugged the cord into the house. Ran only the fridge and the gas furnace a few hours a day a few times a day. Kept it about 55 degrees more or less. My son thought it was cool to wear his winter clothes and boots all day in the house. He and hus buddy built an Igloo out of a bridge table and a white sheet. The Brittany and cocker were now huskies. Eventually my buddie borrowed a second generator and we had one running at our house and one at his. Neighbors werent so resourceful. I had an idea of taking the generator in a wheel barrel and offering to charge up their houses, but then thought again. They are a lot of yuppies who looked down at me as I did aoto mechanics in my driveway and made snotty comments to my wife about it. Thats ok, the deer butchering in the back yard, hanging from the tree, really sealed the deal.hehe. I figured these guys would sue my ass if I plugged them in and their computer didn't work a week later or something else. Screw it. Too risky with abnormal folks.
Dennis and I were eating soup and toasted cheese sammies in our front windows and they can suck a frozen egg. HAte to be that way, goes against my grain but you have to survive in this world. These were the same people who a few walked around the neighborhood with wine glasses in hand in the summer and asked my wife if she was " for hire " to do their gardening when she was out there with back pain on her hand and knees weeding our garden. Neauveau rich arsehules.
Ha, the guy across the street, blue collar construction guy, brought home from work, a diesel generator that could service a few houses. His house was all lit up, including Christmas lights. They looked down their noses at him for years too, cause he worked with his mind and his hands. Didn't matter that he was in charge of all the various pumps at the building of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction. What would he know?
I now live more rural and have a heat buddy, a kerosene heater in the shed, and at Harbor Freight, they have a round heater that fits on top of a BBQ propane tank on sale. Going to pick it up too . Have a generator too. Heck, H. Freight has them for 100 clams these days.
Good luck, sorry if I was rambling, just sharing a winter power outage story.