People are very spoiled these days. Most anything you want can be found locally, ordered online, or manufactured. We also have the ability to flip a switch or push a button to have things just happen when it comes to our appliances. Can you imagine if we no longer had electricity. Our lights, appliances, and computers would no longer work. You couldn’t go to the local grocery store because the registers wouldn’t work. You couldn’t pump gas in your car as the pumps run on electric. The world would come to a stop rather quickly. Now imagine that it is the middle of winter and your power is out. How may this affect your day? Your house, if heated with an electric furnace or boiler, would cool off quickly. Your freezer, over time, would defrost, and your stove won’t work either. How would you get by? Now, consider that you have solar panels installed on your roof. This alternative source of power will allow all of those things to still operate even during a power outage. Thankfully, in most cases, the power does not stay off long term but if it did you should have a plan in place to ensure your safety. If you are not in a position to use solar energy you should at least have a wood stove or fireplace for warmth. These can both be used for cooking if it came down to it as well just as they were in years past before everyone had electricity. As for the freezer, if the temperatures are that cold outside you can easily put the food outside in boxes and it will keep it safe too.