As well as the 7 bottles of scotch and cognac I bought pre-storm really helped out, the 3 days of power loss offered some frustrating and got me thinking. I went ahead an ordered a 5500W Honda Inverter style generator, since my town has very strict noise ordinance and I generally don't want to call to much attention to the fact that I will have power. I also ordered a transfer switch so that the changeover to back-up power will be simple, I plan to wire that in ahead of the Nor'Easter approaching this week. Next I have been doing some research on gas storage since I only had one container pre-storm leftover from my racing days. I found that the steel containers with spring loaded seals seemed to be the best reviews, I bought a stock pile of those and a long term fuel stabilizer. Enough to keep me going for about a week before I have to siphon the cars to get another week or two. We've got plenty of glass bottled drinking water and water for toilets since there was talk of turning off the water for a period of time. I bought 100 storm-proof 15 second burn matches, these things look unlike any matches that I have seen, they come in a resealable container Next on the list I bought a pack of 10 industrial lighting snap-bars that will last for 12 hours each if my industrial flashlight with 3 charged batteries dies. Rope- bought a 50 foot length of survivalist rope, who knows... 100 hour emergency candles that work on paraffin wax, set of 3. As much as I would rather use Hurricane lamps they're not really the best for this and the scented candles we were using (someones lame gift) are pretty annoying and really don't put off much light. The survivalist style forums are really not my speed, they all seem to be a little over-board or sort of hoping for disaster to strike, what are you guys doing to help yourselves in the future?