When last week's storm hit New England some 140,000 homes in Maine lost power and ours was one of them. I saw the sparks fly off a transformer as we lost lights and heat. We toughed out two nights and one day with temps near freezing and a very weak WiFi for my iPod Touch to help us stay in touch and get news. The second day we found a motel that accepts pets and moved our small army.
Flashlights and dynamo-powered radios are good as are blankets and good friends. Now that I have a charger for the iPod I can keep checking e-mail and logging into SL with TouchLife, a very good iPhone/iPod app that supports most functions one would need for basic access. My avies with larger inventories are crashy, but I can often hang in for a while, so long as I don't get fancy.
My messages are capping already so if you send anything from here on out I won't get it. Feel free to comment here and I'll check back when I can.