Re: power outage
When I worked for the Co-op the longest outage was when the tornadoes went through German Hill/Tionesta in 1985. Some residents were out for 15 days, some camps out for 16/17 days. We worked 40 some hrs straight, were called in for some rest then worked 16 hr days for 14 days straight.
A couple of us were sent to North Carolina in 1995 to work after hurricane Fran hit Wake County. Some were out down there for 9 days. The "city folks", as the locals called them, had a terrible time handling the outages.
There were people there selling chain saws out of the back of pickups, double the price. People buying them didn't know anything about a saw, burnt them up in no time. The cheapest ice was selling for $5 a small bag. There were some real scum that came into that area to feed on those peoples misery. We saw license plates from as far away as Texas and Oklahoma selling saws and generators.
We put our saws and climbing gear in the bucket and raised it straight up at night when we were back at the motel so the stuff didn't get lifted while we were sleeping.
For those who fought for it, Life has a flavor the protected will never know.