I live in an isolated area where I loose my power a lot. Mostly it's only a day or two but have had to go without for 2 weeks.Besides the usual - batteries, candles, drinking water etc... Here are some things I do. If you have extra tips, please share!
1) Even if you live in the city sometimes you do loose your access to water for various reasons. Once a sub-station froze. When I know there is a storm coming, I now fill my bathtub with water
. I"m on a well so no power means no water.
2) Another way to get water if it's raining? I take off one of my gutter spouts and stick buckets
under there. It's way faster than sticking them out in the rain to fill.
3) Keep phone numbers of people you know who don't live in your area
handy. Last storm I lost power for 2 weeks before Christmas. I couldn't get through to my power company - the lines were jammed. But my mother could who lives out of the area. So she called for me and passed on the info.
4) Buy a hand cranked emergency radio
They work great. The one I have also has a light and a loud emergency signal. Batteries are great but short lived.
5) Turn your freezer up
to it's highest setting. It helps keep things longer.
6) I bought a small grill top
that I can use in my fireplace. I have two cement blocks that I stick inside my fireplace. Build my fire between the two blocks and place my grill on top of that for cooking. One block also works great. You can scoop the hot embers into the holes. It will keep water pretty hot. So much better than standing outside cooking on a camp stove in the freezing cold!
7) Our 2 week outage - many people thought it would be okay
to leave their pets in the house with lots of food/water/blankets. If your pets are like mine, they are indoor and outdoor pets. They haven't built up the right amount of fat and fur to keep them alive in freezing temps like outdoor only pets do. So many people returned home to find their pets had died. That's why I stick it out. But some people can't. If ya got pets, most emergency shelters will allow them now.
Those are mine odd ones tips. Hope you can add to the list!