Last night a drunk driver hit a power pole and knocked out the electricity to half the county. 14,000 people were out of power! It only last about 2 hours, but the sun was going down and after we pulled out the oil lamps and flashlights for each person I was amazed looking around and seeing how many completely dark houses there were around me.
It was a good reminder of what you need for an emergency - like I shouldn't have been putting batteries in flashlights in the dark. Preparation is key!
I spent much of the blackout using my phone and checking what was going on. My friends and I got very silly as the time wore on, but having that connection was reassuring.
I definitely have some things to think about for any next time we might have!