We all come from different parts of the Country and must face different difficulties. In some cases it's a snow blizzard, in others it's earthquakes and still others it might be hurricanes. For me it's the latter. Most of us probably have all sorts of equipment to help us cope with whichever natural disaster we're normally dealt. My question is have you tried shutting your power off at the main switch or breaker and going the whole weekend on just your supplies? We do this every year one month prior to hurricane season. It lets us test our gear and replace whatever needs replacing. It also lets us feel secure that if and when something does occur we'll be ready for it. Better to find out now under a controlled situation than during the actual emergency.