With the constant power failures and rolling blackouts in the last few days due to the ice and the ball-freezing cold, I found I kept reaching for a few tools almost constantly; the Milwaukee M12 LED light and Power Port to charge the iPhone. While the power was on I charged the phone and battery with home-supplied juice, and when it was dark the two M12 batteries kept light and information flowing.
We had gear in the form of tons of candles, firewood (see: firelogs and boxes upon boxes full of shop scraps) extra food, water, and blankets, but honestly it wasn’t too bad considering we spent half the night iced in without power. Looking back, and hopefully not too far forward, this isn’t nearly as bad as the totally unprepared seem to have it.
Of course that best answer is to always be prepared for Armageddon and have a complete shelter packed to the brim with everything you’ll need for life after humans, but if you don’t have a spare bunker lying around, enough supplies and fuel to sustain humans and heat for a few days (or better yet, weeks) is a good idea.