Yesterday, I was preparing a blog entry about emergency preparedness and instead, a transformer on a power pole in my back yard was hit by lightening. It also knocked out four others in my neighborhood. Several hundred homes lost power for about 12 hours.
I keep two flashlights on the charger all the time. They came in handy. We keep a large stock of candles on hand and we used about a twenty of them. Our stove is gas and we could have cooked but we elected to go out to eat and then did some shopping. A short drive and everything was normal. We keep a small amount of cash on hand in the event of an emergency we don't have to rely on credit cards that won't work. My digital camera was handy and charged too. I keep extra batteries for it too. That allowed me to document the workers working. There was hazardous waste involved too, so I wanted to have some photos. The Edison guys seemed to have done a good job, replacing five transporters in the dark, in the rain is pretty tough work; that's what the SGT Says.